Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

An Alabama police officer who was shot Tuesday night has died, authorities say.


  1. 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, reported.

    The news site reported that flags across the state were flying at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Billa.
  2. Feb 21, 2018 4:52 AM EST: According to WALA, Mobile police Officer Justin Billa was shot late Tuesday while responding to a homicide call in Mobile's Toulminville neighborhood, Chief Lawrence Battiste said early Wednesday.

    A standoff followed with the suspect, Robert Hollie, who authorities say also killed his ex-wife, Fonda Poellnitz, on Tuesday, WALA reported. He reportedly exchanged fire with officers and was found dead in the home three hours later.

    Billa had been with the department since January 2016.

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