Officer Shot After Triple Killing, Two-County Chase

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (December 16, 2012)--An Alabama police officer who was shot after a triple killing and a two-county chase was improving Sunday, authorities said.

The Heflin Police Department said Officer Jackie Stovall was removed from a breathing machine on Sunday and is stable.

Interim Police Chief A.J. Benefield says Stovall asked whether officers had stopped the shooting suspect, and wanted to know about his own parents and grandchild.

Benefield provided the update on the police department's Facebook page.

Cleburne County Sheriff Joe Jacks says authorities are still trying to verify the identities of the three people who were shot to death Saturday in a mobile home in eastern Alabama.

Jacks says the man believed responsible for the slayings led officers on a chase that left Stovall severely wounded and the suspect dead about 25 miles away.

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