HAYNEVILLE, Ala. — Lowndes County is mourning a giant.

Sheriff “Big John” Williams towered over this rural central Alabama county in more ways than one. He was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night in the parking lot of the QV convenience store. The store is on the main drag of this small hamlet, across the town square from the courthouse and just down the street from Williams’ home.

“A good man lost his life for nothing, it’s just senseless,” said Steve Webb, a Lowndes County native. He was filling up his pickup at the store Sunday morning. “It’s just senseless. The sheriff was a good man. He…

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