Feb 21, 2018 4:07 PM EST:
Mobile police said Officer Justin Billa was shot and killed Tuesday night by a suspect in a homicide investigation as officers worked to set up a perimeter outside his home.
Police were called just before 10 p.m. Tuesday after someone found Fonda Poellnitz, 58, dead, according to authorities. Investigators identified Poellnitz's ex-husband, 71-year-old Robert Hollie, as a suspect in the case and went to his home.
"At some point, while waiting for additional officers to set up (a) perimeter, Hollie fired multiple shots with one round striking Officer Justin Billa," police said in a news release. "Officer Billa was immediately removed from the scene and transported to the hospital, where he later died."
Police found Hollie dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff, authorities said.
Billa joined the Mobile Police Department in January 2016 and was honored as the department's "Officer of the Month" in June 2016, AL.com
The news site reported that flags across the state were flying at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Billa.