A Mobile Police officer was shot in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market near Knollwood Drive and Cottage Hill Road Friday evening by a teenage suspect said to be driving a stolen vehicle.
According to Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, Corp. Ben Towarnyckyj was shot in the area while investigating a gray Dodge driven by 18-year-old Dajoune Devon DuBose. The car had been reported stolen earlier, police say.
However, when confronted, DuBose allegedly made a violent attempt to leave the scene. Police say, while attempting to flee, DuBose crashed the vehicle and then fired shots toward Towarnyckyj — striking him once in the upper arm.
Towarnyckyj was transported to the USA Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. He was said to have returned fire, though it does not appear he struck DuBose, who ultimately fled the scene on foot.
After a lengthy search that shut down a half-mile area, police located and arrested DuBose. He was booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail at around 11: 30 p.m. and charged with attempted murder and receiving stolen property.
DuBose doesn’t appear to have any prior charges in Mobile County as an adult.