What we know about slain Mobile Police officer, Justin Billa

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A police officer from Mobile, Alabama, was shot and killed on Tuesday night, February 20, in Toulminville, as he approached a man suspected of shooting his ex-wife to death.

Battiste said Officer Billa was shot as he approached a murder suspect in the area of Crawford Lane and Avondale Court near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During his remarks at a news conference Wednesday, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said he remembered Billa saying, "I got into law enforcement because when I was in high school there was a law enforcement officer on our campus that consistently encouraged me to do good things".

The shooter, Robert Holly, was found dead in his home around 3am Wednesday.

Poellnitz's daughter Octavia had identified Hollie as the likely suspect to media outlets before it was confirmed by authorities.

Billa leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son.

Billa was rushed to University of South Alabama medical center where it was eventually announced that he had died.

The woman was identified as Hollie's ex-wife, Fonda Poellnitz, and he was quickly named as the suspect. "He responded to 135 calls for service and 11 backups, and wrote 17 citations", according to Mobile Police Department website. "I pray for the officers each and every day".

Following the announcement of his achievement, Billa was honored at the Officer of the Month luncheon, held in Azalea Golf Course Club, and sponsored by Midtown Optimist Club in June 2016.

Awful news comes out of the city of Mobile.

Hollie, who killed Billa and barricaded himself inside his house, also died in the standoff, which lasted for more than two hours.

"We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems", Billa said in the interview. "Love is blind", she added.

Billa worked in the Third Precinct and had been an officer since January 2016.

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