State to pay $1 million to the daughters of slain Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson

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Governor Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday that the State of Alabama will pay $1 million* – the maximum amount allowable under State law – to the two daughters of Bibb County Deputy Sheriff Bradley Johnson, who was fatally shot in the line of duty just over a year ago by dangerous career criminal Austin Patrick Hall.

“Fundamental flaws in Alabama law granting correctional incentive ‘good time’ to inmates failed Deputy Johnson and his family,” said Gov. Ivey. “On January 9, I issued an executive order to halt the deficiencies in correctional good time that allowed inmates reduced prison sentences and early release despite records of violent behavior and escape.”

 On June 29, 2022, Deputy Johnson and his colleague, Deputy Chris Poole, were investigating a stolen car that Hall was driving. Hall had only been recently released from prison. Johnson and Poole were each struck by gunfire. After a 16-hour manhunt, Hall was taken into custody and charged in the case.

Deputy Poole recovered from his gunshot wounds. Deputy Johnson passed away from his injuries the following day.

The Alabama Legislature prioritized legislation during the past regular session, further limiting who can be released on good time.

 “On April 14, I was also proud to sign into law SB1, which codifies further reforms to correctional good time to ensure that convicted felons no longer access loopholes in the law to threaten law enforcement and the public,” Ivey said. “Alabama stands behind our law enforcement personnel, and we must do all we can to ensure they are afforded every protection under the law to safely do their jobs.”

On June 16, 2023, Austin Patrick Hall was indicted on three counts of Capital Murder in the death of Deputy Johnson, one count of Attempted Murder, and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Automobile.

Poole and Johnson were awarded the Alabama Law Enforcement Medal of Honor for their pursuit of Hall.

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