MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — On Tuesday Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste gave an update in the investigation in the death of Officer Sean Tuder.
“As Officer Tuder pulled into the parking lot of Peach Place, Mr. Perez approached his vehicle at a rapid rate,” said Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste.
Chief Battiste says Sunday, January 20th was Officer Tuder’s day off. He received information on an investigation he was working on from a confidential source and was authorized to come into work on his day off. Officer Tuder was working undercover by himself to “lay eyes” on Perez.
“Officer Tuder has been working diligently over the last month to try to take Mr. Perez into custody. We’ve arrested him previously on a number of breaking and entering residents, as well as vehicles, and also for breaking and entering vape shops. So we have an extensive history of contact between Marco Perez and our Officer Tuder,” said Chief Battiste.
Battiste says as Officer Tuder arrived at Peach Place Inn, Marco Perez approached his car at a “rapid rate.” causing Tuder to take action and identify himself as an officer. The two to get into a scuffle and at some point, Perez pulled a weapon and shot Officer Tuder multiple times. As a result of his injuries, Officer Tuder died of his injuries.
“Officer Sean Tuder lost his life at the hands of Marco Perez,” said Chief Battiste.
Officer Tuder was alone at the time, and not wearing a body camera or bulletproof vest. “He was acting in an undercover capacity and as a result of that. Peach Place Inn, we could not have driven a marked unit into that area, and been able to make contact with that individual,” said Chief Battiste.
Police believe Officer Tuder never had a chance to fire his weapon. Chief Battiste said, “he did at one point have his weapon unholstered, and then he reholstered his weapon because of the physical contact that took place. He could not control the individual by having a weapon on and one free hand, so as a result of that, he had to holster his weapon. And at this point, we don’t know if he ever redrew his weapon.”
Officers who responded to the scene didn’t know Tuder was on scene and had been shot.
“Officer Tuder made the ultimate sacrifice of giving his life to this community,” said Chief Battiste.
The backup officers are the ones who took Perez into custody. Police say they can’t say more about the case because it still has to go to court.