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Wiregrass Newsroom: Headland residents and law enforcement deal with tragic event

Headland Police Chief, Mark Jones,  and Headland Police Chaplain, Andy Bryan, pray for strength in coping with the loss of their fellow officer, Dexter Hammond. Headland Police Chief, Mark Jones, and Headland Police Chaplain, Andy Bryan, pray for strength in coping with the loss of their fellow officer, Dexter Hammond.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

HEADLAND, AL (WSFA) -- Take a drive down County Road 55 in Headland. You might not notice anything different. But Friday night, the scene outside Gerald Granberry's house was anything but ordinary.

"I've never seen that many law enforcement people in one place in my life."

Gerald lives just across the street from Fred Davis' house--the gunman in Friday night's Headland standoff.   

"He'd come over here. We'd sit out at my picnic table. I'd come over here, sit out here and tailgate in his truck. I saw him about everyday, talked with him," says Gerald.

Now Gerald is wondering why his neighbor did it.

"I don't know what brought this on."

Both he and many law enforcement officers are wondering the same thing.  And officers are now forced to say good-bye to a brother--Chief Investigator Dexter Hammond--killed after trying to stop the gunman.

"It's hard ya know, we work in a family atmosphere. Everybody's family," says Headland Police Chief, Mark Jones.

It was a job Hammond loved to do.

"Usually when you get gun shots, or something bad going on, the average person runs the other way.  Law enforcement runs to it.  And that's Dexter.  This call come out, shots fired, officer down.  He didn't hesitate," Jones adds. 

And fellow officers aren't hesitating either.  They're wrapping blue bands around their badges for Dexter.

"I had to get up this morning and I put my badge on, and I thought, well I got to find my [band].  And it took a while to find it because you don't plan on using it. This is a first," says Headland Police Chaplain, Andy Bryan.

It's something they never saw coming, and something they hope to never see again.

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