MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)- Mobile Police say the man charged with killing a Mobile Police officer was part of a ring of criminals who trafficked stolen guns. Police say Marco Perez had been running from them for weeks to avoid prosecution on charges brought by a federal indictment.
News 5 reported last July that Perez was believed to be connected to at least 18 car break-ins in Mobile. According to Mobile Police, he had two underage teenagers with him. He was arrested after a “short” standoff with police.
Investigators say Perez used a stolen gun to kill Officer Sean Tuder on January 20th. They say the gun was stolen just days earlier. Police were able to find the owner of that gun, who had not reported it stolen.
According to Mobile Safety Director James Barber, of the last four officers killed in Mobile, two were killed with stolen guns.
It’s an issue we’ve been investigating for the past year. Coming up on News 5 at 10 on Monday, Bill Riales continues his investigation on the issue, taking a broader look at investigators tracing these stolen guns back to violent crimes in Mobile County.