TROY, Ala (WDHN)—Central Alabama CrimeStoppers awarded Lieutenant Joseph Donofrio with the title of Troy Police Department’s 2021 ‘CrimeStopper of the Year’ for his service during a 2020 incident.

On August 30, 2020, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the city of Troy. While in route to the call of shots fired, officers were advised that a blue Mercury Marquis was chasing a grey Ford fusion. The caller was hysterical and disconnected with dispatch several times. Lt. Joseph Donofrio observed the two cars pass by the police department at a high rate of speed.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr

Lt. Donofrio attempted to catch the cars, but both made a block around the Troy police station and stopped in the station parking lot. Two females quickly excited the Ford Fusion and attempted to run toward the entrance of the police department.

Before the female in the back of the Ford Fusion could exit, the driver of the Grand Marquis rammed the back end of the Fusion. The male driver of the Grand Marquis exited the car, armed with a handgun, and approached the back door of the Fusion where a female was still inside the car.

The male opened the door, pointed the handgun at the female occupant, and fired a single round at her. The female held her hand up as a defense and was struck in the hand.

Lt. Donofrio arrived at the scene and confronted the armed male. Lt. Donofrio ordered the male to drop the firearm, to which he complied. The male was taken into custody without further incident.

The award was presented on September 13, 2022