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Alabama detective murdered by suspect she had protection order against

Montgomery, Ala. Police Department Detective Tanisha Pughsley. (Montgomery Police Department/Released)

The ex-boyfriend of a Montgomery police detective charged in her shooting death had been ordered by a court to stay away from her.

Brandon Deshawn Webster, 24, is charged with capital murder during a burglary in Monday’s killing of 27-year-old Det. Tanisha Pughsley. He is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Montgomery police and fire medics were dispatched about 2:15 a.m. to the 6700 block of Overview Drive on a report of a person shot. When they got to Pughsley’s home, she was unresponsive and pronounced dead a short time later.

Webster was quickly identified as a suspect and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Pughsley, a criminal justice graduate of Alabama State University, joined Montgomery’s police force in 2016.

Court records show Pughsley in late May filed for a protection from abuse order against Webster, which a judge granted in June. In that request, Pughsley documented and incident that happened May 19 at her home. “”Brandon came to my residence and hit me in the side of my head with an open hand two times while I was holding my 5-month-old Godchild,‘’ she wrote. “His actions caused me to drop the infant.”

“Although Brandon has moved out of the residence, he continues to show up and physically assault me,‘’ she wrote. “He sends threatening text messages and once he is blocked, he continues to call my phone private.”

The order issued by Family Court Judge Bob Bailey was set to expire Dec. 19, 2020. The judge wrote, “The parties may have brief contact for the sole purchase of activities involve the sale of their jointly owned residence.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.  “Our entire community today mourns the death of one of our own, Tanisha Pughsley. Detective Pughsley answered the call to serve, defend and protect our city,” said Montgomery Mayor Steve Reed. “We stand today with her family, friends, colleagues and all who love her, praying for comfort, peace and healing during this tragic time.”


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