Man charged with shooting Baldwin County deputy appears in court

Forrest Carl Bullin (Baldwin County Jail)

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) -- The man who shot a Baldwin County deputy in 2017 has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Forrest Bullin shot Corporal Mike Walker during a domestic violence investigation at Bullin's home on December 19, 2017. The jury also found Bullin guilty of first-degree domestic violence.

Baldiwn County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Heinz is pleased with the verdict.

"Any time you have a case like this which involves a member of law enforcement being shot and injured -- it's one of those things that stays with you and stays with the community until there is resolution," said Heinz. "The thing about it is -- that some of the most dangerous situations our law enforcement officers go to are domestic violence situations. And that is what these officers were responding to and I hope the message is sent that any time anybody comes on to your property -- that it is not a free reign to go shooting at anybody and everybody that comes on to your property. There has to be a viable threat and in this case there just wasn't."

Investigators said Bullin pushed his girlfriend off a bridge earlier the same night and that’s why deputies had gone to his house. When deputies arrived, Bullin shot Walker in the face and chest with a shotgun.

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Cpl. Michael Walker (Baldwin County Sheriff's Office)

Walker survived the shooting but suffered serious damage to his left eye.

Bullin will be sentenced on August 22 and could face anywhere from 10 years to life for both charges.

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