Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the incident in Tuscaloosa Monday evening, which fatally wounded Dornell Cousette, a 13-year veteran of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
“Monday evening, I was devastated to learn of the news that Alabama lost our fourth law enforcement officer to a senseless act of violence this year. Two beautiful children lost their father. A soon-to-be bride lost her fiancé. The Tuscaloosa community lost a protector and 13-year veteran to the force. Truly, Alabama has lost one of her heroes, Dornell Cousette.
“We cannot take for granted the tremendous sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make each and every day in order to keep us safe. Because of Officer Cousette’s brave call to action, the felon he pursued now remains in custody. Officer Cousette laid down his life in service to the people of Tuscaloosa.
“Our deepest prayers remain with Officer Cousette’s two children, his fiancé, the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the city of Tuscaloosa and all of our brave men and women who put their lives on the line to ensure the protection of our communities. The ultimate sacrifice of Officer Dornell Cousette will never be forgotten.”
The governor has issued a statewide directive to fly flags at half-staff on the day of interment (September 22, 2019) to honor this fallen hero.
**When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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