U.S. Senator Doug Jones and Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting discuss Ozark police shooting

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 7:19 PM CST
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An Ozark police officer remains in critical condition after being shot in the head on a call last night.

As of 9:00 a.m. Friday morning when Ozark police sent out a press release, Officer Samuel Yoh was still in critical condition at Southeast Health.

According to a press release this morning, Yoh was on a call around 10:00 p.m. Thursday night on Briarhill Court near downtown Ozark.

He saw a man carrying a rifle and got out of his car, and the man immediately fired at him.

Yoh's back-up returned fire and killed that man, 23-year-old Bradley Cutchens.

Senator Doug Jones and Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting shared their thoughts on the shooting at a press conference Friday afternoon.

"This has been a difficult time for Alabama's police officers in the last three weeks and last night's shooting was just another example of how these men and women put their lives on the line every day even in the most difficult of circumstances,” said Jones.

"He was in my office on Wednesday afternoon, and I tell you, it was the first time ever one of the police officers told me he loved being a police officer in Ozark. He'd only been with us eight months," said Bunting.

"It's going to take a miracle and miracles do take place every day, that's what the surgeon told me, so let's all pray for that young man,” Bunting continued.

Mayor Bunting went on to mention Yoh's wife who is pregnant with his daughter, Rosie.

The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case in Ozark.

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