A former high school football star has been charged with the “ambush” murder of an Alabama police officer after the officer returned home for lunch, officials said.
18-year-old Javonte Cornuis Stubbs was arrested early Wednesday in the murder of Selma police officer Marquis Maurer (25), who was shot dead in the line of duty a day earlier as he went home to eat at his Selma Square apartment. had returned.
Maurer, who was shot inside their apartment, died on the spot. A woman described as the officer’s “significant other” was also injured in the shooting and remains in critical condition, WSFA reported on Wednesday.
State Bureau of Investigation agents worked “nonstop” on tips, leads and interviews after the fatal shooting to identify Stubbs as a suspect, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said. He is facing charges of murder of a law enforcement officer, capital murder-shooting in an occupied residence and attempted murder.
Stubbs being caught without bond, was the star football player at Selma High School, AL.com reported.
He was a senior last year and signed in February to play football at Peru State College in Nebraska this upcoming fall, Selma Sun told.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson told The Post that Stubbs, who also played basketball in high school, will be on trial Friday.
Authorities have yet to reveal a motive for killing the officer, but Jackson said the young cop was killed during a surprise attack.
“It was an ambush,” Jackson told The Post on Tuesday. “He had come home to eat and he was there with his wife or girlfriend and someone from outside came and shot and shot him.”
Jackson said Tuesday that he expects a suspect during the 4 a.m. shooting to be caught early.
“These kinds of killings help destroy the community,” Jackson said. “Gunmen need to understand that their mother, sister and brother live here. This kind of violence needs to stop.”
Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. praised state officials for “doing exactly what needs to be done” while praising the community for suggesting the matter, AL.com reported.
“Get involved in the process,” Perkins said. “When we speak what we know, it really makes a difference.”
The WSFA reported that city officials are now in the process of planning a memorial service for Moore.
Meanwhile, mourners posted tributes on Moore’s Facebook page on Thursday.
“Increased potency,” read a message. “Never died… He just woke up in the Palace of the Golden Harmonies.”