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Three dead as Mobile mourns fallen police officer

22 February 2018

A woman was killed by her ex-husband Tuesday night about an hour before he shot and killed a Mobile Police officer.

Officer Justin Billa was shot as he approached the suspect's home. Nexstar affiliate News 5 has learned more about Officer Billa based on a 2016 honor naming him Officer of the Month.

Poellnitz's daughter Octavia had identified Hollie as the likely suspect to media outlets before it was confirmed by authorities. He is survived by his wife and a one-year-old son. He didn't offer much information on Billa, saying he still needed to visit the University of South Alabama Medical and speak with Billa's wife.

The officer was identified as Justin Billa.

After placing the lifeless body of Fonda Poellnitz in the gutter about 100 feet from where it's believed he killed her, Hollie fled the scene in the same vehicle that had taken the couple to church earlier in the evening. The announcement of his award cited Billa's attention to detail and commitment, per his commanding officer.

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"We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them into jail and creating bigger problems", Billa said.

The shooter then barricaded himself inside a home and began shooting at multiple officers responding to the situation.

Octavia said that her parents had a volatile relationship making it explicitly clear that her father did not love her mother.

The dead officer joined the force in January 2016 and won the Mobile Police Department's Officer of the Month award in June 2016, Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

Three dead as Mobile mourns fallen police officer