Two employees of the sheriff’s department in Alabama lost their lives in an apparent murder-suicide on Thursday morning, as per official reports. Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry stated that Deputy Kenneth Booth fatally shot shift supervisor Lexi White during a dispute, before taking his own life.
Sheriff Gentry confirmed that the two were in a relationship.
The tragic incident occurred in Orange Beach. Sheriff Gentry was promptly informed by the Orange Beach Police Department following the event.
In a statement, Gentry said everyone at the sheriff’s department is devastated.
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened and are mourning the loss of two of our employees. Earlier today, the CCSO was contacted by Orange Beach Police Department to inform us of the tragic incident.
An apparent argument seemingly escalated to a point where Kenneth Booth, a Cullman County Deputy, drew a weapon and killed the victim. The victim was also an employee of the Sheriff’s Office and the two were involved in a dating relationship. Booth then turned the weapon on himself, taking his life.
This continues to be an ongoing investigation by Orange Beach Police Department and no further information is available at this time.
“Our family here at the Sheriff’s Office is devastated. We are all in shock and saddened to our very core. Our hearts go out to the families of all those involved. I would ask that everyone join me in praying for the families, and for everyone here at the Sheriff’s Office.
Lexi has been a part of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office since she was 16. She was a charter member in our Youth Leadership Academy, and was involved in every one after that – either as a participant, or coach. There are not enough words to express what she and her family mean to me. I am literally heartbroken. I feel like Lexi is one of my own kids,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry.