Teen arrested for the ambush murder of Selma police officer
Teen arrested for the ambush murder of Selma police officer
Javonte Cornuis Stubbs (Chilton County Jail).

Carol Robinson


A teen was arrested early Wednesday in the slaying of a Selma police officer.

Javonte Cornuis Stubbs, 18, is being held in the Chilton County Jail on capital murder of a police officer and attempted murder. Killed in the Tuesday-morning shooting was 25-year-old Officer Marquis Moorer.

Stubbs, who was a star football player at Selma High School, was booked into the jail at 4:12 a.m. and is being held without bond.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Stubbs was arrested by teams of lawmen at a Tuscaloosa apartment complex. Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon said the teen is only being held there as a courtesy to Dallas County.

Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer, 25, was shot to death while on duty July 27, 2021. (Contributed)

Authorities have not disclosed a motive in the officer’s slaying.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. and Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford will hold a press conference at noon.

The said the shooting happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday when Moorer, who was on duty, stopped by his apartment at Selma Square Apartments for his lunch break.

A suspect approached Moorer and opened fire, also wounding a woman who was Moore’s “significant other,” Jackson said. The woman was hospitalized but the severity of her injuries wasn’t immediately available.

Jackson said multiple agencies are investigating, including the State Bureau of Investigation, Selma police, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force.

“He was an outstanding officer,’’ Jackson said. “He took his job very seriously.”

Perkins and Fulford spoke Tuesday morning about Moorer’s death, asking for the community’s prayers.

“These interviews are never easy but it’s more difficult when it’s one of your own,’’ Fulford said. “The Selma Police Department is devastated and we’re asking the community for your prayers because it is time for it.”

“This morning is yet another tragic moment in our city,’’ Perkins said. “I’m really saddened over the murder of Officer Moorer.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 855-75-Crime or 855-752-7463. Tips may also be submitted via ALEA’s Fusion Center: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Online Services at alea.gov.

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