The suspect accused of killing a Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy, and injuring another, appeared before a judge Friday morning. 26-year-old Austin Patrick Hall was arraigned in Shelby County charged with three counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.
Emotions are still raw in Bibb County following a shooting that killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another. Investigator Chris Poole is recovering at home, but sadly, Officer Brad Johnson died Thursday afternoon. People throughout the community are still too torn up to speak about the loss of Officer Johnson, but everyone we spoke to said he was a good man and will be sorely missed.
About Brad’s legacy Johnson said, “His heart was in the community and the county. Even members of the jail that he arrested love him because he wouldn’t just put them in jail, he would actually help them try and get on rehab programs. He went an extra mile, other than just arresting people.”
The 51-page report entitled “Failure of Leaders to Address Safety, Staffing, and Environment of Care Concerns at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Alabama” is the result of an anonymous complaint made last July.
One Bibb County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering tonight after a shooting that unfortunately killed another. Christopher Poole’s release from the hospital is described as bittersweet for his friends and family.
Before he was a sheriff’s deputy, Brad Johnson was a firefighter with Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department and his chief at the time says they became quite close. Now, he’s hurting over the loss of his friend.
UAB Hospital officials say fallen Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson will be at the Legacy of Hope organ donation center in downtown Birmingham for the next few days while they complete the organ donation process.
Austin Patrick Hall has previously been convicted of breaking and entering, theft, and assault. In 2020, he was charged after officers say he choked a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy. That case hasn’t gone to trial yet.
The town of Eutaw held its second annual First Responders parade on June 30, and it could not have come a better time considering the tragedies members of local law enforcement have gone through in recent weeks.
Centreville Mayor Mike Oakley was among the small group of people who gathered outside the Bibb County Courthouse Thursday afternoon saying he’s shocked and outraged that something like this could happen in such a tight-knit community.