Chief gives update on injured OPD officer

Ozark Police Officer Samuel Yoh

An Ozark police officer remains hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting that occurred Thursday, Dec. 12.

According to Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker, Samuel Yoh was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m. after OPD officers responded to a call in the 100 block of Briar Hill Court in Ozark.

Walker said an officer observed a white man walking on the roadway holding a firearm and exited his patrol vehicle.

“The male immediately began shooting at the officer, striking the officer and his vehicle multiple times,” Walker said. “The officer and additional responding officers returned fire and the male was killed by law enforcement gunfire. The officer was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

“Over the past couple of days we have seen some signs of improvement to include reactions to medical personnel commands, raising his arms and giving ‘thumbs up’ when prompted, head and neck movements and breathing without assistance for short periods of time,” Walker said Dec. 16.

“At times Officer Yoh is very coherent and acknowledges his family’s presence with non-verbal gestures. His family encourages everyone to continue to pray for him and for a speedy recovery,” Walker added. “The Yoh family and the Ozark Police Department thank everyone for their donations and kind words during this difficult time.”

Walker said an account has been set up for Yoh and his family at Synovus Bank and a “Go-fund me” page at gofundme.com has been created. “The Yohs have a baby on the way and three other children at home.

Donations will be accepted to aid this family and items may be dropped off at the OPD, 275 North Union Avenue in Ozark. More information can be obtained by called OPD at (334) 774-2644.

Walker said he has requested an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Bureau of Investigation comprehensive independent investigation in accordance with standard procedure regarding officer involved shootings.

“SBI agents immediately responded to Ozark and are currently conducting a comprehensive investigation,” Walker said. “The SBI is the lead investigating agency in this incident. Once completed, a copy of the investigation will be turned over to the Dale County District Attorney.”

Walker credited the Houston County Sheriff Office, Dothan Police Department, Dale County Sheriff Office, Ozark-Dale County E911, Ozark Fire and EMS, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Troopers and the OPD with assistance in connection with this incident.

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