Alabama police officer in critical condition after being shot in head

An Alabama police officer was in critical but stable condition Wednesday afternoon after she was shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence call, FOX10 reported.

The gunman, 27-year-old Matthew Blake Richardson, led police on a short foot chase; however, he was wounded during his capture and later died of the injuries.

“He immediately opened fire when the officers arrived, striking one of the police officers in the head,” Saraland Police Chief James West said during a news conference. “My officer is in critical condition and we ask the community and everyone for their prayers.”

Tucker’s husband is a member of the Mobile Police Department.

Authorities had been called to the residence due to a fight between Richardson and his grandfather. Police had responded to previous calls involving Richardson, FOX10 reported.

Saraland is located in Mobile County, near the southern tip of Alabama.