UPDATED @ 11:42 PM 8:28 PM BREAKING NEWS Lowndes County Sheriff Killed and BOLO Issued For SuspectRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 23 2019 8:37 PM
LOWNDES COUNTY AL: 8:28 PM Just received information the Lowndes County Sheriff has been killed.
The suspect is reported to be driving 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, purple in color suspect in Lowndes County past seen on Lowndes County Road 97 approaching I-65. Suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Several area Sheriff's are rolling that way. ALEA - Troopers are headed that way.
UNCONFIRMED AT THIS TIME WITH AUTHORITIES the Sheriff, called Big John, was always in uniform. He was reported standing at a service station and was shot and killed.
Lowndes County is a county of the U.S. State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,299. Its county seat is Hayneville. Lowndes County was formed by an act of the Alabama General Assembly on January 20, 1830. The county is named for South Carolina statesman William Lowndes.
Lowndes County has a total area of 725.03 square miles and includes the towns of Benton, Fort Deposit, Gordonville, Hayneville, Lowndesboro, Mosses, and Whitehall. The Sheriff of Lowndes County is John "Big John" Williams and his office is comprised of several divisions including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Administration, and the Lowndes County Detention Center.
UPDATED @ 9:04 PM
The suspect is described as a white male; Driving a 2003 Purple Chevrolet Pickup truck with Alabama License 3AN5357. Last seen on Dallas County Road 97 headed towards I-65.
Suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone seeing anything call 911 and do not approach.
INFORMATION ABOUT SHERIFF BIG JOHN WILLIAMS
Sheriff “Big John” Williams was born & raised in Lowndes County and graduated from Calhoun High School in 1976. Sheriff Williams always wanted to make a difference in his community and felt there was no better way to help his community than to protect and serve them in law enforcement.
In 1978 he started volunteering as a reserve deputy under then Sheriff John Hulett.
From 1984-1987 Sheriff Williams worked for the Hayneville Police Department until he began working full time with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. He not only worked full time with the Sheriff’s Office but continued his employment with Hayneville Police Department.
From 1987 to 1990 Sheriff Williams served his community as a deputy. In 1990, he was appointed by Sheriff John Hulett to Chief Deputy and served in this capacity until leaving the department in 2009.
In 2010 he ran for Sheriff of Lowndes County and was elected by a majority of votes by the people he had been serving his entire life. In 2014 Sheriff Williams was once again elected by his peers, to hold the title of the highest ranking law enforcement officer of Lowndes County as the Sheriff.
UPDATED @ 10:25 PM
WSFA - TV 12 out of Montgomery live on the scene.
UPDATED @ 11:42 PM
ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor was on the scene in Lowndes County. Taylor is Commander of all Alabama Law Enforcement.