Brundidge Police Chief: ‘Murder in Brundidge; it’s beyond me’


BRUNDIDGE, Ala. (WDHN) — A grisly murder has sparked fear in a quiet Wiregrass city.

“This is beyond anything I have ever witnessed in my forty plus years here,” said Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport.

Around six o’clock Wednesday morning, an unidentified suspect entered Brundidge’s Gulf gas station off Highway 10. Once inside, he demanded money from the store clerk.

“He (the suspect) was all covered in black and so we don’t know really who it was,” Davenport said.

According to police, surveillance footage showed the attendant, who has been identified as Neil Purush Kumar, a Troy University graduate student, cooperating with the suspect.

“He (Kumar) came from behind the counter and he did what the man seemed to be telling him to do,” Davenport said.

According to authorities, although Kumar complied with the suspect’s orders, he was then shot in cold blood.

“We tell the clerks to be cooperative and cooperate with the robber,” Davenport explained. “And in this case, this man was cooperating. He (the suspect) showed no mercy.”

The killer was able to flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and evade authorities.

Now, Brundidge police are teaming up with multiple law enforcement agencies to find Kumar’s killer and bring him to justice.

“Whatever they need us to help them (with to) try to get some headway on this case and make the community safe and the streets of Brundidge safer,” said Pike County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Buck Williams.

Kumar’s body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensics in Montgomery for an autopsy.

The killer remains on the loose.

Police are warning residents to be aware of any suspicious individuals or unusual behavior. Contact authorities if you have any information and do not approach the individual.

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