There are no words to describe the loss of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. Sometimes we look at the police as the guys handing out speeding tickets, while forgetting the ways in which they put their lives on the line. Domestic disturbances tend to be particularly dangerous, and for Officer Justin Billa -- who was just 27-years-old -- it was deadly.
By now you've probably heard the story. Billa was working a police standoff with a man who was barricaded inside his home. Robert Hollie is suspected of killing his ex-wife, and then killing the MPD officer as he approached the house. Hollie was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was the first fatal shooting of a Mobile police officer since 2012.
Tonight, the RSA Tower will be lit in blue in honor of Billa and the heroism he displayed in life... and ultimately in death.
Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up to help his family in the aftermath of this horrific event. Billa leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son. Anything you can contribute would be great.
Flags are flying at half staff across the state and condolences are coming in from across the nation.
Officer Bill is the 19th Mobile police officer to die in the line of duty.
#RIP #EOW 2.21.2018 (far too soon)