(Update) Suspect in killing of Lowndes Co. sheriff captured

Lowndes County Sheriff "Big John" Williams (AG Marshall/Twitter)

Updated 11-24-19 at 12:47 a.m.

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has canceled the Blue Alert it issued Saturday night. It says William Chase Johnson, 18, suspected in the shooting death of Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams Saturday night at a QV gas station in Lowndes County has been captured.

The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. Nov. 23, 2019.

Saturday night, Gov. Kay Ivey released the following statement:

“I’m saddened to hear about Sheriff Big John Williams, who was tragically killed this evening in the line of duty. Through his service to our country in the United States Marine Corps and his many years working in law enforcement, he dedicated his life to keeping other people safe.

“He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community. I offer my prayers and deepest sympathies to his family and to the men and women of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.”

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Wendy Sack