Clay County native who became police officer killed in line of duty

19-year-old suspect arrested after fatal shooting in Mobile Alabama

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. - A Clay County native working as a police officer in Mobile, Alabama, was shot and killed Sunday. Officer Sean Tuder, 30, was gunned down while serving an arrest warrant, according to authorities.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said a suspect, Marco Perez, 19, was taken into custody on a capital murder charge. WKRG-TV reported that he was ordered held without bond.

Law enforcement agencies, including the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Clay County Sheriff's Office, are remembering Tuder, who was a former officer at the Palatka Police Department.

Members of Tuder's family, who still live in Clay County, released a statement, saying they appreciated the outpouring of "thoughts, prayers and support over the loss of our beloved son."

Sean loved his family and this country. ... He is our hero and a patriot."

Tuder's family members in both Fleming Island and Middleburg are traveling to Mobile.

Tuder, who graduated from Fleming Island High School, was involved in a shooting during a reported armed burglary in 2015 while he was a Palatka officer.

Tuder joined the Mobile Police Department in March 2016 and was Officer of the Month in July 2017.

"I was driving home from dinner from St. Augustine. Had to put my car in park for a minute and take a couple deep breaths," Cox said. "Just absolutely standup guy. Very well liked throughout the community. Words can only describe how great of a guy he was."



Tuder was shot at the Peach Place Inn during an ongoing investigation. Mobile authorities said Pere was wanted on federal gun charges and was a suspect in 18 car burglaries. He was also a suspect in a robbery at a vape store.

Marco Perez booking photo

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