The Auburn Police Division confirms the identity of the officer who was shot and sustained serious injuries during a traffic stop of a robbery suspect in the 1100 block of Opelika Road this past Friday night, Feb. 15. The officer is Justin Sanders, age 30 from Auburn.
Officer Sanders, a five-year veteran of law enforcement is assigned to the patrol section as a patrol officer. He is a native of the Auburn community and a graduate of Auburn High School. Officer Sanders was initially transported by ambulance to the East Alabama Medical Center. He was later transported to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, where he remains in stable condition and is recovering from his injuries.
“We are thankful for the staff at East Alabama Medical Center for all they did to save officer Sanders," said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register. "We are very proud of the bravery he displayed in attempting to arrest someone dangerous to this community. We are humbled by the outpouring of public support; we are also very proud and appreciative of the dozens of law enforcement personnel who responded within minutes to aid in preventing further violence by those responsible. More than anything, we are thankful that Justin will recover."
The case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division, Opelika Police Department, ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation and the State of Alabama Medical Examiner’s Office.