Police: Alabama cop killed by wife in domestic incident

Police: Alabama cop killed by wife in domestic incident

Police in a small Alabama city are mourning one of their own, allegedly gunned down by his wife in a domestic dispute.

Andrew Wade “Andy” Kimbrel, 42, died early Friday of his wounds. He was a member of the police department in Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham.

Officers responding to a call on Thursday at an apartment block in Gardendale, about 10 miles north of Birmingham, arrived at 10:52 p.m. and “found a 42-year-old white male suffering from a gunshot wound,” according to a statement the Gardendale Police Department posted to Facebook.

Rescue crews arrived about five minutes later and took the man to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital trauma center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

“During the initial investigation we discovered the victim was a police officer with the Vestavia Hills Police Department,” the statement said. “We can tell you the incident was domestic in nature.”

Kimbrel left behind two children and a wife, police said.

That wife was Stephanie Nicole Keller, 43, who was arrested on a warrant from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office the next afternoon and charged with his murder.

Held on $100,000 bond, she will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail, police said. No indication was given as to motive, or what the domestic situation was.

Kimbrel joined the department in 2002, serving as a patrol officer, a school resource officer and an evidence technician, Vestavia Hills police told WBRC.

“Andy was loved by his fellow officers and the community which he chose to protect,” Captain Johnny Evans told reporters at a Friday press conference, according to AL.com. “The Vestavia Hills Police Department extends our gratitude to the community for their outpouring of support during this difficult time. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Gardendale Police Department for their professional courtesy in handling this situation. We extend our deepest sympathy to Andy’s family, relatives and friends.”

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