Social media responds to Mobile police officer's death in line of duty

Slain Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa (MPD)

Locally and nationally, institutions and individuals on Wednesday began using social media posts to express solidarity with and support for the Mobile Police Department and the family and friends of slain officer Justin Billa.

Billa was fatally shot in the line of duty in Mobile on Tuesday night.

The National Police Association through Twitter Wednesday morning extended its "deepest condolences to the family and friends of officer Justin Billa and the Mobile PD."

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack tweeted, "Prayers with Mobile PD and the family of Off. Justin Billa. God's Peace to his family."Prayers with Mobile PD and the family of Off. Justin Billa. God's Peace to his family.— Huey Hoss Mack (@hoss_mack) February 21, 2018In Mobile County, the Mobile County Sheriff's Office tweeted: "Praying for our MPD family."Praying for our MPD family #MPDstrong #LawEnforcement #teamsheriff— Mobile Sheriff (@team_sheriff) February 21, 2018"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mobile Police Department's Officer Justin Billa," read the message on Twitter from the Mobile County Commission.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mobile Police Department’s Officer Justin Billa. 2:2— Mobile County (@mobilecountyal) February 21, 2018Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson: "Today we mourn the loss of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa who was killed last night while responding to a call for service."Today we mourn the loss of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa who was killed last night while responding to a call for service.— Sandy Stimpson (@MayorStimpson) February 21, 2018Creola Fire Rescue (@CreolaFire) tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Justin Billa as well as our brothers and sisters in blue with Mobile Police Department."

Also on Twitter, @LivePDNation stated: "We stand and salute Officer Justin Billa after being shot late Tuesday night."

The tweet continued: "Officer Billa leaves behind a wife and a 1 year old child. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

As the tragic news spread through traditional and Internet-age media Wednesday, more law enforcement agencies from around the country began to post about Mobile's loss.

The Knoxville Police Department in Tennessee (@Knoxville_PD) tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, coworkers, and the entire Mobile, Alabama community for the loss of Officer Justin Billa who was killed in the line of duty."

In Virginia, the Loudoun County sheriff (@LoudounSheriff) put this message out on Twitter: "We are again deeply saddened by the loss of another officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the @MobileALPolice and the family & friends of Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa, we thank u for ur service and promise to never forget you. May you Rest In Peace."

New Jersey State PBA (@NJSPBA): "Officer of the Month shot and killed while tracking down killer. Pray for Officer Justin Billa's family, friends and @MobileALPolice #LODD"

Billa joined the Mobile Police Department in January 2016. He was named Officer of the Month in June 2016.

FOX10 News interviewed Billa the following month about making a difference and building relationships in the community.

Houston's police chief, Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo), said this via Twitter: "We are once again saddened at the news of another law enforcement officer shot to death in line of duty. Officer Justin Billa, his family, friends & colleagues are in our thoughts & prayers. When one is taken from our ranks, we close ranks & will continue to stand strong."

The police department in Greenville, South Carolina (@GvlPD) wrote: "We want to send our most sincere condolences to the @MobileALPolice and its community after the loss of officer Justin Billa, who died on the job Tuesday night."

From the Dallas Police Department (@DallasPD): "Prayers to the Mobile Police Department and the family of fallen Officer Justin Billa."

In Massachusetts, the Falmouth Police Department tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of fallen Officer Justin Billa, as well as the members of the Mobile, AL Police Department. End of Watch February 20, 2018."

The Denver Police Department tweeted: "CONDOLENCES to Mobile Police Department and family of Officer Justin Billa who was shot and killed while assisting in the apprehension of a homicide suspect yesterday. "

Similar condolence and support messages were posted to Twitter by a growing list of law enforcement agencies and organizations that also included multiple individual precincts of the New York Police Department, as well as the Leesburg Police Department in Virginia, the Chicago Police Department, the San Diego Police Department, Indiana's Greenfield Police Department and others.We send out thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Officer Justin Billa of the Mobile, Alabama Police Department who was shot and killed on 2/20/18 while assisting in the apprehension of a man who had just murdered his ex-wife. God Bless! #officerdown— DeKalb Police (@DeKalbILPolice) February 21, 2018All content © 2018, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.

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