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Smiths Station man arrested, charged in shooting death of brother-in-law

Jose Angel Ramirez, 34 (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Jose Angel Ramirez, 34 (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) -

On Saturday, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call of a subject who had been shot on Lee Road 246 in Smiths Station while they were in a standoff with a homicide suspect.

When EMS and Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence they found 44-year-old Walter L. Lee III with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

He was rushed to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus where he died from his injury at 9:41 p.m. CST.

Initial investigation revealed that Lee had become involved in a domestic dispute with his brother-in-law Jose Angel Ramirez, 34, who shot him with a handgun.  

Investigators were able to recover a handgun at the scene that is believed to have been involved in the shooting.

Ramirez was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. He was transported to the Lee County Detention Center without further incident.

The homicide investigation is ongoing to determine exactly what initiated the argument ending in the death of Lee.

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

The homicide investigation is still ongoing by the Lee County Sheriff’s office, the Lee County Coroner’s office, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences.

The first homicide and this incident were not related.

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