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MPD: Officer Tuder killed with gun stolen from unlocked vehicle

(WPMI) MPD: Officer Tuder shot with gun stolen from unlocked vehicle

Mobile Police released further details on the investigation into the shooting death of Mobile Police Officer Tuder.

Through investigation, it has been determined that the weapon used in the fatal shooting of Officer Sean Tuder was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The vehicle burglary occurred just a few days prior to the shooting.

Furthermore, for clarification purposes, Officer Tuder was familiar with the suspect, 19-year-old Marco Perez, as his unit had been looking for him for two weeks. However, there is no evidence to suggest that there had been any previous direct contact between Officer Tuder and Perez before the shooting.

To give the public opportunity to extend their condolences and pay tribute, the Mobile Police Department will have Officer Tuder’s patrol car parked in front of police headquarters (2460 Government Blvd.) on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In paying tribute to fallen Officer Tuder, the public may leave flowers and prayer cards.

- Charlette Solis, Public Affairs Officer

Local precinct commanders often remind citizens to never leave their cars unlocked, even more important with a firearm inside. They use Nextdoor to communicate with neighborhoods.

Public Safety Director James Barber said this latest development is even more devastating.

“This gun was stolen and within two days, with little effort really, just to open the door of the truck and take it out, it was used to kill an incredibly fine dedicated officer here in Mobile,” said Barber.

80 percent of stolen firearms are taken from unlocked cars, an easily preventable theft.

In 2017, more than 1,000 firearms were stolen; of those, about 250 ever recovered.

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