‘Brad Johnson was a hero’: Bibb Co. Sheriff’s deputy shot in line of duty dies

Deputy Brad Johnson
Deputy Brad Johnson(Bibb County Sheriff's Office/FB)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 3:18 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 11:59 AM CDT
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BIBB COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson has confirmed Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson has died. Jackson said his End of Watch was 3:18 p.m. on June 30, 2022.

Earlier Thursday, Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade spoke about the two deputies who were shot in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon. Wade asked everyone to continue to remember Deputy Brad Johnson’s family. At 1:45 p.m., Wade said Johnson is going through the final processes to continue to save lives. Sheriff Wade said, “It’s been said that a coward dies a thousand deaths, but a hero but one. Brad Johnson was a hero.”

Sheriff Wade also said Investigator Chris Poole is recovering after he was released from UAB.

Governor Ivey issued a statement regarding Deputy Johnson’s death:

Dozens gather to honor Deputy Johnson as he is moved to the organ center
Dozens gather to honor Deputy Johnson as he is moved to the organ center(Bibb County Sheriff's Office/FB)
Dozens gather to honor Deputy Johnson as he is moved to the organ center
Dozens gather to honor Deputy Johnson as he is moved to the organ center(Bibb County Sheriff's Office/FB)

State Attorney General Steve Marshall also offered this statement regarding Deputy Johnson’s death:

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor released the following statement on Deputy Johnson’s death:

Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Johnson from 2016
Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Johnson from 2016(WBRC)
Deputy Christopher Poole
Deputy Christopher Poole(Bibb County Sheriff's Office/FB)

Austin Patrick Hall, suspected of shooting of deputies Johnson and Poole, was captured Thursday morning. According to District Attorney Michael Jackson, Austin Patrick Hall was apprehended on Bulldog Bend in Bibb County.

Hall is being held on no bond in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on three Capital Murder charges.

Hall made his first appearance before a Bibb County judge via video from the Shelby County Jail.

Court documents show Hall is charged with Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Capital Murder - Fired from a Vehicle, Capital Murder - Vehicle from Outside, and Attempted Murder. The documents state Hall shot Deputy Johnson in the head, causing his death. The record also states Hall fired into a vehicle striking Deputy Poole in the head.

WBRC reporter Chasity Maxie was able to see part of the court proceeding. Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade was in the courtroom to view the first appearance, along with dozens of area law enforcement officials from Bibb County. Maxie said one of the officers cried.

Deputy Chris Poole watch the proceedings via video. He had a bandage on his head and a hat and his left eye appeared swollen.

Hall wore on orange jumpsuit and did not appear to talk. Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins appointed Shelly Hood Standridge and Rob Lee to represent Hall.

Austin Patrick Hall
Austin Patrick Hall(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Austin Patrick Hall
Austin Patrick Hall(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Update on investigation, Bibb County deputies shot
District Attorney talks about Austin Hall's charges

In a touching Facebook post, current Lakeview Fire Board President Brandon Jones said this about Deputy Johnson:

Prayers!! Brad grew up in this dept. He started as an explorer at 14 yrs old and became a Lieutenant after reaching adulthood. Actually both he and his wife Ashley ran calls for us. They found a home in Bibb co and moved off but the firefighter inside Brad always helped the dept and others down the road.

Please pray for Brad’s family and friends.

As Brad’s Chief I would like to say Thank you Brad for everything. You and I were not true blood brothers but we made an oath that we would be years ago! I told Brad I was an only child and he said “no problem Chief, I will be your brother.”

He sure was and he would still call from time to time as would I to catch up or talk about days gone by.

This is a tough pill to swallow.

Please pray for Brad and his family / families.

Area where suspect was captured in Bibb Co.
Area where suspect was captured in Bibb Co.(WBRC)
Area where suspect was captured in Bibb Co.
Area where suspect was captured in Bibb Co.(WBRC)

From ALEA: Hall’s arrest and capture was a joint operation led by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division, Aviation Unit and Special Agents with ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) along with officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Vestavia Hills Police Department, Demopolis Police Department, Thorsby Police Department, Moundville Police Department, Pelham Police Department and officers with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Alabama Department of Corrections Law Enforcement Services Division (LESD) K-9 Bureau, all responded to the scene and assisted with the search.

This happened off of Highway 25 and Bulldog Bend Road.

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