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Female officer shot in Saraland identified; suspect dead

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Saraland officials have confirmed that officer Jackie Tucker was shot Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. Photo: Saraland PD Saraland officials have confirmed that officer Jackie Tucker was shot Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. Photo: Saraland PD
Saraland officials have confirmed that an officer was shot Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Candace Murphy Saraland officials have confirmed that an officer was shot Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Candace Murphy
SARALAND, AL (WALA) -

Officials have confirmed the identity of an officer who was shot in the head Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland.

The officer has been identified as veteran Jackie Tucker. 

According to a release by the Saraland Police Department, at approximately 10:45 Wednesday morning, officers were called to the residence in reference to a domestic call (nature unknown) and upon arrival, the suspect involved opened fire on responding officers striking officer Tucker in the head.

Tucker's partner, who remains unnamed, was able to pull her to safety and return gunfire, striking the suspect, 27-year-old Mathew Blake Richardson. Richardson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Tucker was airlifted to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition. 

Former Prichard Police Chief Mike Rowland said police officers are always apprehensive about answering call involving domestic abuse of any kind, especially domestic violence calls. Rowland went on to say, "when they are on those calls they are on very high alert looking for things like weapons or any kind of suspicious movement by a person that’s involved in the event."

According to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, at least 64 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year, the most in five years.

Tucker's husband, Aaron, is a member of the Mobile Police Department. The couple has two children. 

According to authorities, the incident stemmed from a domestic violence call between Richardson and his grandfather. Officials say they have been called to this residence before.

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