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Deputy Involved Shooting
On Saturday October 22nd, 2016, at 10:16 p.m., Shelby County 911 received a call requesting Sheriff’s Office deputies respond to a residence in the 6900 block of Old Highway 280 to try and de-escalate a domestic situation where one of the family members was mentally ill. Upon arrival the deputies spoke with the caller and were then confronted by the other family member who had a weapon and charged at one of the deputies. The deputy ordered the subject to stop but he refused to comply. As a result, the deputy used deadly physical force to protect himself and others. As a result, Nathaniel B. Dorough, 21 years of age, was shot by the deputy. Deputies immediately attempted medical aid and Chelsea Fire and Rescue paramedics responded to the scene. In spite of their efforts, Dorough was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Samaniego and Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the residence and the multi-jurisdictional Shelby County Major Case Unit was assigned the responsibility of investigating the incident with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office also responded to the home.
Sheriff Samaniego issued this statement, “This is a sad event and I offer my deepest condolences to Nathaniel’s family and friends. Mental health issues are one of the biggest concerns facing our country and our county. The actions taken tonight will be reviewed in depth by the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office will be completely transparent and forthcoming with anything they need to complete their investigation”.
Any requests for additional information regarding this event should be directed to Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Roadway Re-Opened at Shoal Run Trail
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at approximately 1:30 pm, deputies and officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Cahaba Valley Fire, Hoover Fire, and North Shelby Fire Departments have completed traffic control operations in the 900 block of Shoal Run Trail and all roads and accesses are open at this time. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all residents and motorists in this area for their cooperation and patience during this time.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at approximately 10:00 am, deputies and police officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and Birmingham Police Department, as well as fire personnel from Cahaba Valley Fire, Hoover Fire, and North Shelby Fire Departments will be assisting federal law enforcement agents by conducting traffic control in the 900 block of Shoal Run Trail. This will require law enforcement to block the entrance to Shoal Run Trail which could cause residents in this area to be affected for a short period of time. An area has been designated for displaced residents to wait that will be located at the Shoal Run Trail clubhouse. Citizens can expect slower than normal traffic in this area due to law enforcement and fire department presence and motorists are urged to follow all traffic directions given during this time period. Additional details and updates will be issued by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as they are received.
Partial Opening of US Highway 280
At 6:25 a.m., 1 lane of traffic in each direction on Highway 280 has been opened. The fire has been contained to the cab of the truck carrying liquid oxygen and there is no hazmat danger at this time. Motorists are still cautioned to drive carefully in this area and try to use alternate routes if possible. Further updates will be provided as they are received.
US Highway 280 Closed
At 6:00 a.m. on Friday October 7th, 2016, US Highway 280 is closed in both directions between Shelby County Highway 41 (the Narrows) and Doug Baker Boulevard (Lee Branch) due to a vehicle fire in the area of Highland Lakes Drive. All traffic in this area must find alternate routes until the fire is contained and the roadway is reopened.
Road Re-Opened on Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace
On Monday, September 26, 2016, at 2:45 pm, the one vehicle accident has been cleared and Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace is re-opened at this time. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in this area.
Road Closed on Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace
On Monday, September 26, 2016, at 2:00 pm, a one vehicle accident has closed Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace for an indefinite period of time. This will effect school traffic from Oak Mountain High School. It is suggested that traffic use County Road 119 at the south end of Caldwell Mill Road or Cahaba Valley Trace on the north. A vehicle hit a power pole and lines are blocking the roadway. Crews are enroute but the road will be closed for some time. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the area and use the suggested alternate routes of travel. Further updates will be issued when the roadway is cleared.
Accident on County Road 13 involving 2 vehicles
On Thursday, September 1, 2016, at approximately 10:00 am, a 2 vehicle accident occurred in the 500 block of County Rd 13 in Helena. Alabama State Troopers are on scene with assistance from Bibb County and Shelby County deputies. There were reports of four people injured with possibly one fatality. Local motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the area and seek alternate routes of travel. Further updates will be issued when the roadway is cleared.
Suspect in Burglary Arrested
On Monday August 8th, 2016, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress call from 911 in the 2800 block of Downing Circle in north Shelby County. The homeowner woke up and saw someone with a flashlight in his house and called 911 but the suspect left the residence before deputies arrived. While deputies were on the scene taking that report, another 911 call came in from a neighbor holding someone at gun point who was trying to break into his car. Deputies arrived at the second residence where the suspect, Daniel Alexander Ferguson, 33, of Birmingham, was found to be in possession of items from the first victim’s residence. He was arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd degree and Theft of Property 3rd degree.
Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators began to look further into Ferguson’s history. Their investigation revealed Ferguson was also responsible for a similar incident on July 28th, 2016. On that date, a homeowner in the 2000 block of Little Ridge Circle in North Shelby County woke up around 4a.m. and discovered someone had been in his house sometime during the night. In that case, investigators determined the victim’s property was previously in Ferguson’s possession and as a result, Ferguson was charged with Burglary 2nd degree and Theft of Property 1st degree. Ferguson is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on all the charges listed with bonds totaling $35,000.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 7- Offenses Involving Damage to and Intrusion Upon Property, Article 1- Burglary, Section 13A-7-6, Burglary 2nd degree, and Section 13A-8-3 Theft of property in the first degree.
Anyone who witnessed or who has information about this case, should contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.
Deceased person found in Chelsea identified
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On Tuesday August 9, 2016, at approximately 2:00 pm Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to U.S. Highway 280 near Chelsea Park Drive on an unresponsive person. Deputies arrived and discovered a person deceased near an outdoor advertising sign.
Family members identified the person as 24 year old Solomon O’Connor Flowers of Irondale.
The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help and is asking anyone with information to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205) 669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.
The investigation is continuing and as more information becomes available, updates will be posted to the web page at www.shelbyso.com.