Man dies in weekend burglary

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/22/18

An Empire man was killed over the weekend after breaking into a Dora residence and attempting to run over the homeowner’s son.

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Man dies in weekend burglary


An Empire man was killed over the weekend after breaking into a Dora residence and attempting to run over the homeowner’s son.

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said the unnamed man who shot Jason Richard Almazon, 30, on Saturday while he was attempting to flee in a stolen truck will not be charged.

“We will not be pursuing criminal charges against the shooter because we believe the evidence shows this is a case of justifiable homicide. We’ve also consulted with the District Attorney as they have the ultimate prosecutorial discretion with criminal cases,” Underwood said.

Almazon and Blaine Carl Jones Jr. , 48, of Sumiton, reportedly burglarized a residence on Ball Park Road in Dora Saturday morning.

Jones left the scene with items stolen from the residence, and Almazon stayed behind with the intention of stealing a truck with keys taken from inside the residence.

When the homeowner’s son and a second man who owned the truck caught Almazon in the act, Almazon attempted to run over the homeowner’s son.

The owner of the truck fired several times at Almazon, who was later pronounced dead by the coroner.

According to Underwood, Almazon was not armed but was using the stolen truck as a weapon.

The sheriff’s department was notified of the shooting at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Following an investigation, Sgt. Ray Capps and Sgt. Anthony Leach were able to recover all of the property that was taken from the residence. The items were found in multiple locations, including Jones’ residence.

Jones has been charged with third degree burglary and first degree theft of property. At the time of his arrest, he also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on previous burglary and theft charges.

“Jones may be facing additional charges, and we will be asking that Jones be held without bond or a high cash bond,” Underwood said.

Anyone with information on related crimes can contact the sheriff’s department at 302-6264. A link to Crime Stoppers can be found on the department’s website, Tips may also be sent via text message to 847411. Type “Walker” in the body of the text followed by the tip itself.