UPDATED @ 9:36 PM BREAKING NEWS: Reports Of A Shooting and Now A Structure Fire In TaylorRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 24 2012 6:37 PM
TAYLOR: Reports of a single gun shot on Holiday Court Windy Hill in the Taylor area. Moments later is has been reported the structure is on fire.
Initial reports the fire was a camper in the back of the residence. That was quickly changed to the fire was a structure fire.
Taylor Fire is responding and some members are on the scene. Members of Malvern Fire are on the scene. Houston County Sheriff Department and Taylor Police are on the scene. Law Enforcement have fire units staged to a safety zone until they can determine the scene is safe for them to enter.
Matt Boster is on the scene and will update.
UPDATED - Taylor Police Chief Dennis Adkins has located a female victim at another residence who has been shot in the foot. The weapon is believed to be a 45 caliber pistol. The female victim heard a gunshot after she was shot and fled the scene. The female victim beleives the male victim possibly shot himself after shooting the female.
Law Enforcement are making approach to find the suspect and determine what is exactly going on.
UPDATED @ 7:01 PM
Houston County Sheriff Deputies have reported the male subject was spotted on the back porch of the residence, alive and in possession of a gun. The deputies have cleared the scene for the fireman to enter the residence and begin battling the blaze. I did not hear the Sheriff Department say they had the suspect in custody, however with their clearing the scene I "assume" the suspect is in custody.
We will update.
UPDATED @ 9:36 PM
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes has reported the male suspect was spotted on the back porch and was unarmed. Not being totally complaint with the officers while taking into custody forced the officers to use their taze to safely gain control of the suspect.
The suspect is reported to have shot a female in the toe and to have fired 5 shots at other persons in the general area. The male suspect is reported to have then set the house on fire.
The suspect has been arrested and booked into the Houston County Jail on 5 counts of Attempted Murder and Arson. He has been placed in the Houston County Jail under a "no bond".
Along with Houston County Sheriff Department were officers from Taylor Police Department and the Alabama State Fire Marshall. Responding emergency units were Taylor Volunteer Fire, Bay Springs Volunteer Fire, Rehobeth Volunteer Fire, Rehobeth Volunteer Rescue, and Pilcher's Ambulance Service.
Sheriff Hughes praised the responding Taylor and Houston County Sheriff Deputies for their quick response and containment of what was a very dangerous situation. Sheriff Hughes also praised the emergency responder fire - rescue and ambulance. Each agency responded, helped maintain safe distances while law enforcement contained the situation, and then responded to save the residence.
The Sheriff Department is still investigation with Sgt. Bill Rafferty in charge of the investigation.