Police believe a truck driver feared for his life and was acting in self defense Wednesday when he shot another truck driver in the parking lot of a Dale County convenience store.
Dale County investigators currently do not plan to press charges against the man, but evidence could be presented to a grand jury at a later date.
The incident occurred about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday at the Finnway Express convenience store in the eastern portion of Dale County close to the Geneva County line. Details are sketchy, but a preliminary investigation indicates the two men may have gotten into a heated argument over where one of the driver’s rigs was parked in the store parking lot.
A fight between the two apparently ensued in the store parking lot and at some point one of the drivers shot the other. Deputies and paramedics responded. One of the drivers appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the head or neck. He was transported by ambulance to a Dothan hospital. The man shot is expected to recover.
The shooter surrendered without incident upon arrival of authorities.
Code of Alabama 13A-3-23 states: “A person may use deadly physical force, and is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person, if the person reasonably believes that another person is using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force.”
The shooting is the second in the Wiregrass in less than two weeks in which police believe the shooter acted in self defense. On Nov. 8, a man was shot dead in the front yard of a residence on Meadow Court in Dothan.
Dothan Police responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 500 block of Meadow Court around 10:20 p.m. A man had been shot to death in the front yard of a residence. Police later identified the man as Jay Greene Hollis, 24, of Dothan.
According to police, a preliminary investigation indicated a dispute had occurred between Hollis and the resident, leading to the incident. Police indicated the shooter and Hollis were familiar with each other, but did not elaborate on the relationship or cause of the dispute. After questioning, police chose not to file charges in the case. Evidence is expected to be presented to a grand jury later.