Officer Justin “Sollo” Sollohub’s Wednesday started no differently than any other. The alarm clock went off at the same time. He got ready, put on his uniform, and bounded out the side door to hop in his car and head to the station, taking the same route he normally took. Like clockwork, Ms. Wright was taking a jog with her golden retriever. Traffic was starting to pick up as the late-night shift workers headed home.
Things were going well for Officer Sollohub on the shift until 11:00am, when things changed forever. A man was walking down the street, and something didn’t look right to Sollo. That’s when the foot chase ensued. The man ran into a neighborhood and disappeared behind a house, as Sollohub followed.
As Officer Sollohub turned the back corner of the home, the suspect intentionally and maliciously shot him in the head. Another police officer found him and tried treating the fatal wound. Sadly, Sollo did not survive.
It is for this brave man and many like him who sacrificed their lives on the front lines of protecting us that I introduced the Justin David Sollohub Law. Senate Bill 207 will increase the penalty for assault or murder of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and correctional officers.
I would like to express my personal appreciation to Clanton Police Department Captain Neil Fetner for spearheading this effort. We owe it to our hometown heroes to provide them with enhanced deterrence against harm when they lay their lives on the line for us every day. We must do everything we can to hold those accountable that seek to harm our policemen, sheriff deputies, prison staff, and other first responders. They protect us, so we must do everything we can to protect them.
Passing Senate Bill 207 is one of my priorities this legislative session that started a few weeks ago and will go until mid-May. If I can be of help to you or if you have concerns or questions about any bill, email me at [email protected] or call my office in Montgomery – (334) 242-7872.
Senator Chambliss represents Senate District 30 in the Alabama Senate. Senate District 30 includes all or parts of Chilton, Autauga, Elmore, Coosa, and Tallapoosa Counties.