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Man charged with shooting Baldwin County deputy appears in court

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Forrest Carl Bullin (Baldwin County Jail) Forrest Carl Bullin (Baldwin County Jail)

UPDATE: Forrest Bullin is now being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said he was moved there at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

The sheriff's office released a statement saying, "In situations where the safety of an inmate or a potential conflict arises, the BCSO will routinely house inmates with other sheriff's offices under pre-existing agreements."

Law enforcement sources told Fox 10 News that Baldwin County Sheriff deputy, Cpl. Mike Walker was released from the hospital Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  This, one day after prosecutors said he was shot in the face and chest by 37-year-old Forrest Bullin.  Bullin also had his first court appearance the same day.

Judge Bill Scully administered the terms of bond through a closed-circuit television from the Fairhope Courthouse.  At the Baldwin County Jail, Sheriff’ Hoss Mack was present as Bullin stood in front of the camera.  Assistant District Attorney, Teresa Heinz asked for no bond on attempted murder and assault first charges, but the judge denied the request.  Instead, he set total bond at one-point-five million dollars saying there was no provision within the law to deny bond since it wasn’t a Capital case.

“The State’s position is that any time you have an individual who’s repeatedly violated conditions of bond, they’re not bond worthy and so that was why we requested the no bond,” Heinz said.

There is a hold in place that would keep Bullin in jail even if he’s able to post bond.  He has an upcoming trial date set on a menacing charge that prosecutors said stems from Bullin placing a gun to the head of an individual.  He was also out on bond on other charges at the time of Monday’s shooting.

The shooting happened after deputies tried to question Bullin about his alleged involvement in throwing a woman from a bridge.  Prosecutors only identified the woman with the initials, “J. C.” and investigators said they’re still looking into her claim.

“We’ve searched that area and we’ve found some possible evidence in the way of you know, like vehicular evidence that could have been where it was, but nothing that was concrete,” explained investigator Jason Woodruff with the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit.

Because of that, there aren’t any charges related to the domestic violence claim at this time.  Investigators said because the incident happened less than 48 hours ago, it will take some time to get to the bottom of what led to the standoff and shooting of Deputy Walker.

“We also have a lot of medical records to get.  We also have a lot of cell phone records and things of that nature so this will be an ongoing investigation for quite some time,” Heinz said.

The judge ordered Bullin to have no contact with J. C. either while in jail or if he’s able to bond out.
Sheriff Mack also told the judge that Bullin would be served with a Protection from Abuse order that would provide extra protection for the alleged victim in the domestic violence case.  

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Cpl. Michael Walker and his family. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has confirmed its authenticity. 

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