The Associated Press
Officer Down: Officer James D. Fezatte
MILLBROOK, Ala. — A Millbrook police officer was killed when his vehicle struck a tree while he was responding to a civil disturbance call in heavy rain, police said.
James D. Fezatte, 41, was the first Millbrook officer killed in the line of duty, according to a department news release.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred at about 10:51 p.m. Saturday. Fezatte’s vehicle apparently hydroplaned and left the road, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is the first officer that our department has lost in the line of duty since its inception, and it’s going to be hard on us all,” Millbrook Police Chief Kenneth Bradley said in a statement. “We will be here to support his family and lean on each other to get through this.”
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Fezatte joined the force in September 2007 shortly after retiring from the Air Force, said P.K. Johnson, assistant police chief.