Wednesday night shooting sends felon with violent history back to jail

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SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — A shooting late Wednesday night in Dale County has sent a convicted felon back to jail.

Law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene a little before 11 p.m.

“When we got there on the scene, all parties were gone, and another individual came driving back up who actually had been shot in the hand,” Sheriff Wally Olson said. “Looks like it started out as an altercation where one of the individuals had a firearm, and he pulled it on the guy, and then the guy reached for the gun. And then, the gun shot him in the hand, but we were familiar with the suspect, which he fled the scene, and we later apprehended him down the street from his house.

The victim’s name has not been released, but we’re told he did not have to be hospitalized. He was treated and then released.

The victim’s live-in girlfriend who we’ll call “Marie” did not want to be on camera but did talk to WDHN News.

“Well, me and my old man, we was in the house, and he went out to his truck, and ‘Hop’ ran out the door,” Marie said. “They had a few words so he told ‘Hop’ to stay out of his business and stuff. They had a few words. ‘Hop’ ran out there with a pistol, and they were wrestling with it, and ‘Hop’ shot him.

The suspect, Billy Jones, is a convicted felon. Jones lives in a trailer adjacent to the victim’s house where the shooting occurred at County Road 33 in Skipperville.

Court records show he was had several convictions for different crimes, including resisting arrest and discharging a gun into an occupied building.

“Well, I know what he did was wrong, what he did to him,” Marie said. “My old man wasn’t messing with nobody.”

Jones was charged with possession of a pistol by a violent felon and second-degree assault. He was booked into the Dale County Jail and currently has no bond.

The Ozark Police Department and Ozark EMS assisted the Dale County Sheriff’s Office with this case, but Olson said the true hero was the law enforcement K-9 who tracked the suspect down.

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