Uncle accused of shooting and killing nephew in Opelika

(Source: Austin Cofield/WSFA)
(Source: Austin Cofield/WSFA)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – One person has died in a shooting on the 500 block of County Road 156 in east Opelika and a suspect has been arrested.

According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, 40-year-old Marshall Lee Norgard has been shot and killed in the driveway at mobile home around 5:55 p.m. CT.

The victim's uncle, 54-year-old Michael Norgard was arrested on the scene and has been charged with murder. Bond has been set at $150,000. A .40 caliber handgun was recovered at the suspect's home.

"We had some evidence that indicated that he was involved, and as a result, it eventually led to us taking him into custody. He was still at the scene once deputies arrived, and he was taken into custody without incident," said Lee County Sheriff, Jay Jones.

Early stages of the investigation show the victim and suspect were involved in some type of argument shortly before the shooting took place.

"At this point, it's a little too early to speculate as to the exact cause regarding motive, but what we do know, is and feel pretty confident in the issue that there was some type of an argument, altercation, verbal altercation between the two individuals, prior, just prior to the shooting," said Lee County Sheriff, Jay Jones.

The body of the victim is being sent to Montgomery for an autopsy.

News Leader 9 reached out to the family of the victim and suspect, but they declined to speak at this time.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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