COPY-MPD release identity of suspect at large in officer shooting

The Montgomery Police Department is releasing new details on the suspect that shot an officer  at the Walmart on the Eastern Boulevard. The officer, who is being identified as Officer Hubbard, has been transported to a local hospital and is in serious/stable condition.

At this time officers say they are searching for a gray Chrysler 300, Alabama License plate THEQNB. The vehicle was last seen heading east on the Eastern Boulevard toward Interstate 85. The suspect is describe as 31-year-old Mathew Lawrencereno Wright. He is being described as as being 6'1" and 224lbs.

Officials stress that the suspect is considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached. If you spot the suspect or vehicle call 911 immediately. Officials also say that at this time they

CrimeStoppers also announced they will issue a $1000 reward for the capture of the suspect in MPD Officer shooting at Walmart. State resources have also been deployed to help search for suspect in MPD Officer shooting. State troopers say helicopter & ground units are assisting.

"A police officer everyday puts that uniform on and goes to work not knowing if this is going to be the day he has a deadly confrontation with someone." Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy says. "This is what every family dreads when their loved one is a police officer. We are certainly putting all of our resources geared toward this."

According to officials the incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. inside the Walmart located at 3801 Eastern Boulevard. The officer was responding to a reported theft at the Walmart. An investigation indicates that when the officer approached the suspect in the store, the suspect produced a weapon and fired, striking the officer. The suspect then fled to the parking lot where he the stole the Chrysler and drove from the scene.

Officials say that the Walmart has been evacuated and those inside the store are being questioned at this time. SWAT team has gone inside and have now cleared the storee so that the building can be determined to be safe. Police are still considering this area to be an active crime scene.

WSFA 12 News is still on the scene.  MPD will be making an on camera statement to give details on the shooting. Updates will follow, as soon as more information is available, on-air and online.

Director Murphy says Officer Hubbard has a good prognosis for recovery and is currently in surgery. The last shooting involving a Montgomery Police Officer was involving Officer Keith Houts in 2006.

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