A 19-year-old Tuskegee man who died in Opelika over the weekend from multiple gunshot wounds may have mistaken the address he intended to visit and lost his life to a resident who claims he was simply defending himself, police said.
Police and the district attorney’s office continue to investigate the incident to determine if it was self-defense or if any charges should be filed, but no arrest was made and the case will be presented to a grand jury for its determination, as is the practice with any unusual death circumstances.
The shooting occurred around 11:15 p.m. Thursday night in the 600 block of Edmon Avenue, and the victim, Jabbar Ali Combs Jr., died from his wounds on Sunday, according to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.
Emergency personnel had rushed Combs by ambulance to East Alabama Medical Center, where he was “taken to emergency surgery shortly after his arrival and then admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital,” Harris said in a statement. He was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m. Sunday from complications with his injuries.
The Opelika Police Department questioned the shooter, identified as Shyrod Jones, 23, Opelika, who voluntarily went to the department. He claims that Combs came to his back door and banged on it.
Jones told police his home had been burglarized before, so he took his handgun with him to the door.
“Jones went to the rear door and upon opening the rear door was confronted by a person unknown to him (Combs). Jones stated the person (Combs) made a furtive movement, which Jones perceived as a threat,” and Jones fired, a police statement released Monday said.
Police later determined that Combs had friends in a neighboring house and may simply have mistaken the address.
“Additional interviews conducted indicate Combs was in the area to visit friends at a nearby residence,” police said.
Police Capt. Bobby Kilgore said in a weekend statement that the community is in no danger in relation to the case.
Police, fire rescue personnel and paramedics arrived at the scene Thursday night after receiving a 911 call at about 11:20 p.m., Harris said.
No other injuries were reported from the incident.
Police request that anyone with additional information on this case call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220. Callers may also call the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Callers may remain anonymous if they choose