Lee Co. officials identify suspect, victim in Saturday shooting

Lee Co. officials identify suspect, victim in Saturday shooting

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - Officials have identified the suspect involved in the shooting death of a Lee County woman at a Smiths Station home on Lee Road 851 on Saturday.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms that 38-year-old Erica Murphy was allegedly shot by her husband Daniel Richard Murphy, 38.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. Saturday, the Lee County Coroner's office and the Lee County Sheriff's office received a call from St. Francis Hospital in Columbus of a deceased gunshot victim from Smiths Station.

Initial investigation revealed evidence that indicated that Murphy had shot his wife with a shotgun and sent his 18-year-old son to take her to the hospital.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies responded to the residence and believed that Daniel was in the residence with the couple's other 15-year-old son.

Deputies and other law enforcement officers as well as SWAT responded to the scene. At some point communications between Daniel and deputies took place.

After several hours, communications broke off. Daniel then appeared in the window of the residence and aimed a weapon at deputies with a laser sight.

After commands to drop the weapon, he refused to drop the weapon and was shot once by an officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene a 10:25 p.m. CST.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed that the 15-year-old male who was inside of the home with the suspect was unharmed.

No one else was injured in the incident. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was called in to take over the investigation due to the circumstances that took place.

Murphy's body will be taken to the medical examiner's office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

The investigation is still ongoing by the Lee County Sheriff's office, the Lee County Coroner's office, the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences and the State Bureau of Investigation of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

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