A suspect in a homicide and arson in Alabama was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies early last Sunday morning near the state line.

Sgt. Tull Malone said that he received a call from an investigator with the Arab Police Department who was working an active homicide and arson. According to Alabama news sources, on that Saturday about 3 a.m., Arab firefighters responded to a house fire on Fourth St. N.E., where they found Heather Golden, 39, under a pile of blankets on the bedroom floor. She had been shot.

The Arab investigator believed that Michael Lee Hammock, 37, of 3125 Andkar Dr., Huntsville, was a possible suspect and was in Lincoln County’s jurisdiction. Sgt. Malone was given the homeowner’s name and address where Hammock was believed to be in possession of the homicide victim’s car. Malone and several other deputies went to the house and made contact with the suspect in back of the house and placed Hammock under arrest without incident.

“The stolen motor vehicle was found there and possible evidence related to the homicide and arson,” said Malone.

Hammock was charged as a fugitive from justice and may be facing other felony charges. He was extradited to Arab and booked into the Marshall County Jail on Tuesday. There, Hammock was charged with murder, arson and theft. He was held on a $2 million bond.

Malone thanked Sgt. Jesse Mills, Deputy Justin Gault, Deputy Trent Layman and Deputy Trey Minor, who assisted in the arrest.

“They did a great job working with me,” said Malone.

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