Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell

Sergeant Larry Wayne Russell

Athens Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 2004

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Larry Wayne Russell

Sergeant Wayne Russell and Officer Anthony Mims were shot and killed when they were ambushed while responding to a call.

The suspect, who was intoxicated and had a history of mental illness, had called the police at approximately 12:45 p.m. and asked to speak with FBI agents. The suspect then called back minutes later and asked for the police if there were no FBI agents available. When the officers arrived at the scene, they were ambushed and shot several times.

The suspect opened fire on Officer Mims when he arrived at the scene, shooting him several times through the windshield of his patrol car. Sergeant Russell then arrived at the scene and was shot as he attempted to exit his patrol car. Sergeant Russell was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect surrendered at the scene and was taken into custody. He was charged with six counts of capital murder. On July 26th, 2007, he pleaded guilty to five counts of capital murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was sentenced to life without parole.

On August 13, 2007, the suspect was found unconscious in his cell and rushed to a hospital where he died a week later. The autopsy report stated that he died from complications of bronchopneumonia.

Sergeant Russell had served with the Athens Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 103

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; 7.62 mm
  • Offender Life without parole

ambush, EDP

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