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Police Officer Justin David Sollohub | Anniston Police Department, Alabama Anniston Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

Justin David Sollohub

Anniston Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 174

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/24/2011

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Justin Sollohub succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while involved in a foot pursuit.

Officer Sollohub was on patrol at about 11:00 am when he stopped his vehicle to make contact with a pedestrian near the intersection of 19th Street and Moore Avenue. As Officer Sollohub exited his patrol car the man fled on foot.

As Officer Sollohub chased the man around the side of a house he was shot once in the head. A responding officer located him and immediately began tending to his wound. He was transported to a local hospital before being flown to Birmingham. He remained on life support until his organs could be donated.

The man who shot Officer Sollohub was arrested later in the day after a massive manhunt. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death on December 16th, 2013.

Officer Sollohub had served with the Anniston Police Department for two years. He is survived by his parents.

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I met Justin's parents at the Memorial Wall this year at Police Week, during the Police Unity Tour ride in. What beautiful people they are. Justin's name is on the same line as my father-in-law, Eugene J. Deckert. Both enrolled in 2012. The stories that are shared at that memorial are so heartbreaking, and yet the grief that is shared is a blessing to each survivor. We are not, and never will be, alone. RIP Justin. You are deeply loved and will never be forgotten.

Judy Deckert
Daughter-in-law of Sgt. Deckert
May 17, 2015

 

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