Cpl. Mason Brewer

Cpl. Mason Brewer (center) was recently commended by LaFayette Police Department. From left: Sgt. Robbie Tate, Brewer, and Lt. Tom Kendrick.

A LaFayette police officer has been commended for locating a family taken against their will by the estranged father.

Cpl. Mason Brewer was recognized by the LaFayette Police Department when he located the victims at the Morgan Motel in LaFayette.

According to police reports, Brewer located the suspect vehicle about 3 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, just hours after an Amber Alert was issued.

The suspect, 36-year-old Douglas Steven Turner, had taken his children and their mother from their residence in the 6000 block of Trion Highway.

Turner's cell phone pinged in Chattooga County at one point after the Amber Alert was issued late Thursday, Oct. 5

Brewer was checking area motels when he discovered the suspect's vehicle, a light blue Chevrolet Astro Van, parked behind the Morgan Motel on North Main Street in LaFayette.

Police backup, along with Walker County Sheriff's Department, arrived on scene and the officer asked the manager of the motel if a "Turner" had checked into a room.

The manager told police a female had, being the mother, and were in room No. 15.

Authorities knocked on the door with their weapons drawn and announced their arrival.

One officer noticed a male (Turner) trying to exit the bathroom window.

The mother answered the door and was quickly removed from the room. Two young girls were located asleep in separate beds.

Turner was ordered out of the bathroom with his hands up.

On his commendation, Brewer said, "It's just part of my job. This is the job we do. It was great to know we located the missing subjects and arrested the suspect without any harm or incident."

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.