CAUGHT: Officer Shooting Suspect Arrested - Montgomery Alabama news.


CAUGHT: Officer Shooting Suspect Arrested

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Officer Keith Houts - MPD Photo Officer Keith Houts - MPD Photo

Police in Georgia have arrested the suspect Montgomery police have been looking for in connection with the shooting of a Montgomery police officer on Thursday.

WSFA 12 News was first to report the arrest Friday afternoon.  Police say 32-year-old Mario Woodward was caught in Henry County, Georgia. That's not far from Atlanta. Investigators say he didn't resist arrest.

Woodward is wanted in Montgomery in connection with the shooting of police officer Keith Houts. Houts was shot in the head after during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Decatur Street in downtown Montgomery. Since, then police around the state have been looking for the suspect.

As of late Friday night, police told WSFA 12, that officer Keith Houts remains in critical condition at Jackson Hospital.  While police say Houts showed some improvement on Friday, they confirm he has now developed pneumonia.

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright says in a statement, "My prayers go out to Officer Houts and his family, and I ask that everyone in the City of Montgomery keep Keith and his family in their prayers, too.  As Mayor, I am angered by this incident, but I am also proud of the fact that Officer Houts was doing exactly what police officers do best--keeping the citizens of our city safe."

Bright also disclosed more information about the case to WSFA 12 on Friday. Bright said that officer Houts was actually shot more than once. Bright said that Houts was shot several times in the chest, but that his bullet proof vest, "...saved Houts life."

Meanwhile, during a live news conference during WSFA 12 News at 10:00, Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor announced that Woodward is now fighting extradition to Montgomery. Baylor says there will be an extradition hearing on Woodward at 8:00am (EST) in Henry County, Georgia on Saturday.  Baylor says that when Woodward is returned to Montgomery he will be housed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Mayor Bright says that if anyone knows anything about the shooting of the police officer they should call 911 or CrimeStoppers at (334) 215-STOP.  Also people may call the Montgomery Police Department at 334-241-2651 or the Secret Witness line at 334-262-4000.

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