MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Reaction is pouring in following the death of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder.
The 30-year-old officer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile.
MPD Chief Lawrence Battiste announced Tuder's death outside of the emergency room at Providence Hospital.
Battiste said, "He was one of those guys that certainly resonates in your mind as a true leader, a true commitment to doing his best in this community to keep it safe and to be a role model for others." The chief continued, "Officer Tuder was one of those guys that believed in mentoring and help bringing other officers along."
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson posted a message on Twitter saying, "Earlier today, Mobile lost one of our best and finest, Officer Sean Tuder. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this tragedy. We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community."
The Mayor's tweet included a photograph of him with Tuder after the officer was honored as Officer of the Month in 2017.
Earlier today, Mobile lost one of our best and finest, Officer Sean Tuder. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this tragedy. We mourn together as a community and we love together as a community. pic.twitter.com/PTSSOHqtoj— Sandy Stimpson (@MayorStimpson) January 21, 2019
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich posted to Facebook, "The city of Mobile lost one of its finest officers today. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the dangers that the brave men and women of law enforcement face everyday. I would like everyone to take a moment to remember the man who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our community. Please keep Officer Sean Tuder’s family in your thoughts and prayers."
Officer Tuder was killed 11 months to the day after MPD Officer Justin Billa. Billa's widow, Erin, posted a message to Facebook after she learned of Tuder's passing.
She wrote, "I’ve been on the longest two-hour flight back home. My heart feels shattered all over again. Please take a moment to pray over Sean’s wife Krissy and his entire family. I wish I had more words right now but I just do not."
Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack wrote, “Tonight another American Hero was taken far too soon by the senseless act of a criminal thug. Our prayers are with the entire MPD Family.”
Alabama Governor Kay Ivery tweeted a statement reading in part, "Less than a day after laying to rest Sgt. Carter, I’m saddened by the death of @ Officer Sean Tuder. I extend my sincerest condolences & heartfelt prayers to Officer Tuder’s wife & family, fellow officers & to the community he served."
Elected leaders in Washington also expressed condolences.
Representative Bradley Byrne wrote, "Horrific news out of Mobile. Our prayers are with Officer Tudor’s family, the @MobileALPolice, and our entire community."
Senator Richard Shelby tweeted, "Praying for @MobileALPolice Officer Sean Tuder’s family following this tragic shooting."