Suspect in custody after multiple shootings on I-85 in Auburn, Troup County

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 9:56 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 3:22 PM EDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - The Auburn Police Department and Troup County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating after a suspect fired a gun into two occupied vehicles.

The incident first happened on August 17 at approximately 6:15 a.m. on I-85 N in Auburn between mile markers 56 and 57. The shooting initially left both northbound lanes closed.

Officers were called to check a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway - upon arrival, officers observed that the driver had sustained a gunshot wound from a shot that entered from the rear of his vehicle. The driver was identified as a 45-year-old Prattville man.

A passing motorist provided aid to the victim prior to the arrival of first responders. The victim was transported on Haynes Life Flight to Baptist South where he is in critical condition.

On August 17, in Troup County around 7:56 a.m., a driver called 911 after his vehicle was shot at and struck by an individual driving what he described as an older white Cadillac driven by a man.

The victim was not injured in the incident and the suspect continued driving north on I-85. Troup County deputies are investigating the shooting between Exit 18 and 28.

An investigation began and the male suspect’s vehicle is described as a 1996 white Cadillac Fleetwood with a license plate number of 3753BF3.

The suspect vehicle seen at both shooting locations.
The suspect vehicle seen at both shooting locations.(Source: Auburn Police Division)

During the investigation, the suspect was identified as 39-year-old Jerel Brown of Montgomery.

He has been arrested and charged with the following by Troup County Sherriff’s Office:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Criminal Damage (1st degree)

This case remains under investigation. Auburn Police are actively working with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery Police Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine whether three separate shootings that occurred near I-85 this morning are connected.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact detectives at 334-501-3140.

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