MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile Police officer was killed while trying to arrest a suspect in West Mobile Sunday afternoon.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said Officer Sean Tuder, 30, was shot at the Peach Place Inn on Leroy Stevens Road around 3 p.m.

Leroy Stevens Shooting Scene

Chief Battiste said Tuder was with a group of officers attempting to arrest Marco Perez. Battiste said he did not know if Perez fired the shot that killed Officer Tuder, but Perez has been taken into custody.

Marco Perez, 19, had been wanted by Mobile Police and federal authorities on several charges. Earlier this week, police accused Perez of faking his own kidnapping to avoid being taken to jail.

His mother, Tiffany Perez, was arrested Thursday night after police said she helped her son fake the kidnapping in so he could evade police. She's charged with filing a false report.

Officer Tuder joined the Mobile Police Department in March of 2016 and was named Officer of the Month in August of 2017.

Tuder's death comes less than a year after the shooting death of MPD Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was killed on February 20, 2018. Exactly 11 months before Tuder was killed in West Mobile. 

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