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Baldwin Co. Deputy shot in face during domestic violence call

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A Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy is in the hospital and in serious condition after being shot by a domestic violence suspect December 19, 2017 north of Stockton.  Investigators said the deputy was hit in the face and chest as he approached the suspect’s home.  It ended when the suspect turned himself in after an hours-long standoff. 

Investigators said it started with a phone call to the Sheriff’s Office by a woman who said she was thrown off a bridge by the suspect.  Once deputies got the name of the suspect, they went to house in the Tensaw community to question him.  Corporal Mike Walker was the first of three deputies to encounter the suspect who investigators said fired on him with a shotgun. 

Deputies responded to the residence of 37 year-old Forrest Carl Bullin near the 67 mile marker of Highway 59 around 1:30 a.m.  Before responding deputies could confront Bullin, investigators said he opened fire.

“It does appear at this time that from the time of the deputies’ arrival until the time that shots were fired, were minutes if not seconds,” said Baldwin County Sheriff, Huey “Hoss” Mack.

Investigators said Deputy Walker was hit by a shotgun blast in the face and upper torso.  Walker returned fire as Bullin retreated into the house, barricading himself inside.  SWAT responded and negotiators spent the next several hours talking to Bullin who eventually gave himself up without further incident.

Corporal Walker was taken to USA Medical Center in Mobile where was in stable, but serious condition Tuesday afternoon.  Sheriff Mack said Walker’s actions at the scene were heroic for someone who’d just been shot.

“True to his form, as he was retreating and even to the point where he was loaded in the back of the Sheriff’s Tahoe, going to meet the ambulance, he was on the radio giving commands to everybody else, making sure that everybody else was safe,” Mack said.

Forrest Bullin is being held in the Baldwin County Jail awaiting a bond hearing on all his charges.  District Attorney, Bob Wilters said the Major Crimes Unit is heading up the investigation and he’s waiting for more information on their findings before he determines what Bullin will be charged with.  He said one thing is certain though.

“As to the assault on Deputy Walker, will be an attempted murder charge,” Wilters said.

As a Baldwin County Deputy, Walker has been forced to fire his weapon before.  The last time was in 2012 when he and a Bay Minette Police officer fired on a suspect who was going for his shotgun after refusing to obey commands.  

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