County sends 10 officers to Tuscaloosa

Published 10:10 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

The apartment complex pictured above is just north, across the street from University Mall in Tuscaloosa. – photos by Jay Reynolds

Eight officers with the Demopolis Police Department and two from the Linden Police Department will headed north this morning to aid law enforcement in tornado ravaged Tuscaloosa.

Demopolis Mayor Mike Grayson said the city offered its police and fire services to Tuscaloosa last night after seeing footage of the devastation along 15th Street, McFarland Blvd. and beyond.

“They said they felt like they had enough help on the fire department side with so many other cities sending help,” Grayson said. “But what they did need more of was law enforcement.”

All 10 officers left the Demopolis PD around 11 a.m. to assist Tuscaloosa enforcement in any means necessary.

Reports indicate up to 15 people were killed when a massive tornado tore through Tuscaloosa yesterday afternoon. That number is expected to climb as search and rescue efforts continue.

Statewide, more than 125 death have been reported.