A police officer has been shot in Alabama and the suspect is barricaded inside a home.
A police officer and a murder suspect have both been killed following an hours-long standoff in Alabama.
He also identified the suspect as Robert Hollie who is also dead. Investigators have not revealed how Hollie died.
Billa leaves behind his wife and a one-year-old child.
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Billa and a group of other officers in the SWAT team were trying to establish a perimeter around a home in the Toulminville neighborhood associated with Hollie, the victim's ex-husband when the incident happened, New York Daily News reported.
Ivey ordered flags across Alabama to be displayed at half-staff to honor Billa's life and sacrifice. He was named the department's officer of the month that June, winning a commendation for investigating complaints of robberies committed by a man whom he later arrested.
Various police departments have expressed their condolences.
"She tells me she loves me every day before I leave for work". He spoke about his intentions as a police officer and goals for the force as a whole.
"We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems", Billa said in the interview. After the shooting Officer Billa was transported to the hospital, where he died just after 2am.