Florence Officer Shot In The Face; Suspect Commits Suicide

The Florence police officer who was shot in the face Sunday morning is officer Brian Berry. The Florence police chief says Berry was talking to paramedics — a good sign — and is being treated in Huntsville. Berry was shot at Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway during an encounter with 22 year old Matthew McCravy. Berry returned fire but McCravy sped off. He was chased by officers. McCravy stopped in the parking of the the Church of Christ where he shot himself to death. The state bureau of investigation is handling the case.