Patrolman Henry Booth was shot and killed at 7:55 pm while attempting to arrest a wanted person on a warrant. During a struggle the suspect managed to gain control of his service revolver and shot him.
The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. The Alabama Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial. On December 12, 1983, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Patrolman Booth was a Vietnam War vereran and had been employed with the Mobile Police Department for eight years.