LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – On Friday, Jan. 8 around 10:17 p.m. a man was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Lee Road 246 in Salem.
When the Lee County deputies and East Alabama Medical Center EMS responded to shots fired on Lee Road they found 24-year-old David Brown of Salem with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds and no signs of life, according to the Lee County Coroner.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene as he suffered apparent multiple gunshot wounds. A female, believed to be Brown's girlfriend, was also at the scene and suffered a gunshot to the leg and refused EMS treatment. She was treated and released from EAMC emergency room later.
Lee County deputies identified the suspect as 38-year-old Preston Farrior, who was taken into custody within an hour after the shooting. Farrior has previous arrests and convictions on felony offenses in the state of Alabama and is a registered sex offender in Lee County. He is currently being held on a charge of a felon in possession of a firearm with additional charges expected to be filed as the investigation continues.
Preliminary investigations show that the shooting may have been the result of a dispute involving money between the victim and Farrior.
Brown's body was taken to the medical examiner's office of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.
The homicide remains under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Lee County Coroner's Offices and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
This is Lee County's first homicide in the year of 2016.