Hundreds come to visitation for slain Anniston officer

Officers from Anniston and other departments lined up and saluted as the coffin of slain officer Justin Sollohub went by. (WBRC photo)
Officers from Anniston and other departments lined up and saluted as the coffin of slain officer Justin Sollohub went by. (WBRC photo)

ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) - Another procession preceded today's funeral visitation for an Anniston Police officer Sunday.

Justin Sollohub, 27, or "Sollo," as he was known to his fellow officers, was fatally shot Wednesday during a foot pursuit in West Anniston.  The suspect, Joshua Russell, was captured eight hours later and is charged with capital murder.

A hearse, accompanied by several Anniston police and Alabama State Trooper cars, brought Sollohub's flag draped coffin to Harvest Church of God.  Officers from Anniston and other departments lined up and saluted as the coffin went by. Especially prominent were members of the Anniston Special Operations and Response Team, of which Sollohub was a member.

FOX6 News spoke with Sollohub's mother, Jeniffer Morris, and his fiancee, Brooklyn Wesley.  They both recalled him as fearless and a man who loved life.

"He wanted to fix the world.  He wanted to make it a perfect place," recalled Morris.

"He was a fighter.  He was a survivor, and he was one of the strongest people I've ever met," added Wesley.  "He just wanted to save the world one person at a time."

Sollohub's family says they are grateful and overwhelmed at the outpouring of community support since the officer was killed in the line of duty.  That includes numerous Facebook statuses, and people who lined up along Highway 431 in multiple counties Friday as a procession of police cars brought Sollohub's body back from the state forensics lab in Huntsville.

"We knew how great he was, we just didn't realize so many others knew how great he was," said Morris.

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