Horrible! Mobile police officer loses his life in shooting last night

BREAKING MPD officer shot has died suspect also dead

Billa was named police officer of the month in June 2016 and was recognized for an investigation into a string of robberies in Alabama.

A police officer from Mobile, Alabama, was shot and killed on Tuesday night, February 20, in Toulminville, as he approached a man suspected of shooting his ex-wife to death.

Octavia Poellnitz, Hollie and Fonda's daughter, was distraught after hearing the news of her mother's death. That's when Holly started shooting at police, and Officer Billa was hit.

That's where Hollie shot and killed Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa.

Police Chief Lawrence Battiste identified the policeman as Officer Justin Billa, assigned to the department's Third Precinct.

The suspect was then found dead inside the home. It is unknown how he died, if it was self inflicted or by police. According to WISHTV, Billa was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Billa leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son.

The victim is identified as Fonda Poellnitz.

Billa was rushed to University of South Alabama medical center where it was eventually announced that he had died.

In July 2017, Billa was interviewed by WALA-TV for a segment on the police force's relationship with community members.

"We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems", he said.

"She tells me she loves me everyday before I leave for work and I make sure to do the same", he said. "That's my idea of good policing and I feel like that's what the chief is working towards". He also said that police departments across the state and country had been in touch to offer condolences.

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