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UPDATE: Police officer shot in Anniston, suspect in custody

Joshua Russell Joshua Russell
Justin Sollohub Justin Sollohub

An Anniston Police officer was on life support at a Birmingham hospital Wednesday evening after reportedly being shot in the head. A suspect in the shooting was in custody.

Officer Justin Sollohub, 27, was on routine patrol in west Anniston Wednesday morning when he came across two black males in an alley way, according to Anniston Police Chief Layton McGrady. A foot chase ensued for reasons still unknown. During the chase, Chief McGrady said one of the suspects shot Sollohub.

A LifeSaver helicopter transported Sollohub to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for emergency surgery. As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities told FOX6 News Sollohub was "brain dead" but on life support.

Local and federal law enforcement officials gathered just west of downtown Anniston near 21st Street to search for the suspects. Police dogs were used to track the suspects and shortly after the shooting, officers had their guns drawn and were wearing bullet proof vests.

At 7:30 p.m., FOX6 News learned police had arrested Joshua Russell, 25, in connection with the shooting. He was found in the woods near the 1800 block of McCoy Avenue, about a block from the scene of the shooting.

Officers also recovered gun at the scene.

Anniston Police said late Wednesday night Russell had been charged with attempted murder. They said charges would be upgraded to capital murder if Sollohub passes away.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, all Anniston schools were on lockdown but were dismissed at the regular time.

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