Arrest made in early-morning shooting


Jasper police have made an arrest in a weekend shooting that left a Jasper man in critical condition in a Birmingham hospital.

The shooting, which happened just after 1 a..m. Sunday on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near A.P. Howell Park, left 24-year-old Christopher Evans of Jasper with a gunshot wound to the head. Evans was taken by Regional Paramedical Services ambulance to UAB Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Following the shooting, Jasper patrol officers responded and quickly took control of the scene, which included a large crowd of people nearby. JPD detectives soon arrived and began processing the scene and collecting evidence related to the crime. 

“Our patrol officers did an excellent job rendering aid to the victim, as well as dealing with the crowd nearby,” Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said. 

Poe said detectives immediately began trying to find anyone who may have witnessed the shooting. “There was a lot of people there, but it came down to being hard to find someone willing to come forward. We were finally able to do that,” he said.

Poe said detectives were able to identify Alphonso Tyreek Bell, 23, of Yerkwood, as a suspect in the crime. 

Bell turned himself in to police Tuesday morning, Poe said. He has been charged with attempted murder and is being held in the Walker County Jail.

A bond hearing is set for Wednesday. 

Poe credited the work of the patrol and detective divisions in quickly developing a suspect in the shooting. “Thanks to the hard work of our patrol officers and detectives, we were able to make an arrest in this case,” he said. 

Poe said police are hoping to gain more information about the shooting, and anyone with information is asked to call Jasper police at (205) 221-2121.