US Army vet shot dead in front of Alabama home, suspects still at large

Mike Gilotti. Photo courtesy of Gilotti family

Police are looking for the suspect or suspects behind the fatal shooting of a U.S. Army vet, near his Alabama home earlier this week.

Mike Gilotti, only 33-years old and the father of two small children, was working as an insurance agent at State Farm after serving three years in the US Army as an officer, which included a year deployment to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division in 2007.

The Hartford Courant reports that Gilotti was shot and killed Tuesday “as he left his central Alabama home for an early morning workout.” Police say he either encountered someone in his driveway or inside his car.

The tragic incident took place right in front of the young couple’s home in suburban Birmingham. In the final seconds before he died, Gilotti reportedly fell into his wife’s arms. In an interview with WVTM, Gilotti’s widow said she “doesn’t hate the man who did it” and that she was at peace.

There are patriotic salutes now up, all around their Lake Cyrus neighborhood. Gilotti was honored by neighbors and friends who lined the streets with American flags, to show support for the grieving family.

WDAM reports Gilotti was married to his wife for nearly eight years and was a father to two boys — ages 5 and 1. He’s been described as an amazing father and spouse, and is remembered fondly by all who knew him.

A star athlete at Avon High School, Gilotti wrestled, ran track and played football all four years..  He was a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army 12th Cavalry Regiment, and served 15 months in Iraq as a tank commander during “the Surge.”

“A stand up citizen who loved the Lord,” Gilotti’s last words were: “God please forgive my sins,” according to his father-in-law, Guy Higgins.

Investigators believe that the suspect involved in the shooting is tied to a string of car break-ins in Tuscaloosa County and in Hoover. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Hoover Police Dept. at 205-822-5300.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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