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Authorities said an east Alabama police officer shot and seriously wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a homicide suspect was improving Sunday as investigators tried to verify the identities of three people whose slayings sparked a two-county pursuit.

Heflin police officer Jackie Stovall was removed from a breathing machine and remained hospitalized in stable condition in Anniston a day after Saturday’s shootings. Stovall was progressing faster than expected, police said.

Stovall asked about his parents and grandchild as soon as he could speak, Heflin’s interim police chief, A.J. Benefield, said in a post on the department’s Facebook page. Then, Benefield said, Stovall asked, “Did y’all get him?”

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