A man shot outside the Dollar General Store in Fyffe Friday night has died.
Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says 48-year old Edward Lee Phillips of Dawson was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the store at approximately 8:30pm.
Phillips was shot during an altercation with another adult male in a vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was at the store to rent movies and was leaving when Phillips approached him and began a verbal argument.
The fight soon turned physical and witnesses report Phillips was shot after striking the occupant of the vehicle though an open window.
The shooting suspect was detained by responding officers and the weapon used in the shooting was recovered. Numerous witnesses were interviewed and the suspect was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed.
After consulting with District Attorney Mike O’Dell an autopsy was ordered for Phillips’ body which was transported from DeKalb Regional to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville by Coroner Tom Wilson.
The shooter was released after an initial review of all of the circumstances.
Further investigation is progressing at this time and the case will likely be presented to a grand jury for a determination of possible charges.
Sheriff Harris stated “I have known the Phillips family for many years. They are a fine group of people and are well-liked in our community. I am very sad for them in the loss of their son, brother, and family member. We will continue to look at the facts, evidence, and any information relevant to the case. I would like to also thank all the officers from Fyffe, Geraldine, Alabama State Troopers, and everyone who responded to this call. The DeKalb Ambulance Service crew worked very hard to save Eddie but he passed away at the ER from his injuries before they could fly him to Huntsville. Everyone involved in this case worked hard and we hope to have a conclusion soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends.”