‘Person of interest’ in custody following deadly shooting

By RON HARRIS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/12/17

Jasper police worked late into the night Sunday following the city’s first homicide in more than four years.

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‘Person of interest’ in custody following deadly shooting


Jasper police worked late into the night Sunday following the city’s first homicide in more than four years.

Investigators were on the scene at 200 Wright Street after a shooting left one man dead and another in police custody.

Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said officers were called to the home just after 7:30 p.m. and found James Wesley Hill, 37, of Jasper, dead of a gunshot wound.

Hill, who did not live at the home, and a man who lived there got into an argument that led to a fight between the two, Poe said.

A gun was pulled by the man who lived at the home, and a struggle over the gun ended with Hill lying dead outside the home.

Poe said the man who lived at the home was taken into custody but has yet to be charged with Hill’s death.

The man, who has not been identified, is being called a ‘person of interest,’ Poe said.

“(Hill) came to the residence and the two got into an argument, which led to a physical altercation, which led to a firearm being presented,” Poe said. “A fight ensued over the firearm, and it went off.”

Poe said investigators are continuing to interview witnesses to the shooting and collecting evidence.

“We’ve already had one meeting with the district attorney’s office, and once we finish with the witnesses and forensics side of the case we’ll meet with them again,” Poe said.

That could lead to the case going before a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed against the man taken into custody, he added.

Poe praised the work of police officers and investigators who are working the case. “Our first officers on the scene did a great job securing the scene, and our investigators did a great job working into the night and (Monday) trying to get things finalized,” Poe said.

Poe said in any death investigation, police consider the crime a homicide.

“If you don’t do that, and down the road something comes up and you haven’t treated it as a homicide, then you may lose evidence or witnesses, so it’s our policy to to treat every death investigation as a homicide until we can determine exactly what happened,” he said.

Sunday’s shooting was the first homicide in Jasper since July 2013, Poe said.

Jasper man charged with

burglary, theft of credit card

A Jasper man was arrested last week and charged with burglarizing a home on Fifth Street two months ago.

Paul Adrian Cooke, 36, was charged with burglary and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card after he used the credit card on four separate occasions at businesses in Jasper.

Cooke broke into the home on West Fifth Street and got away with a laptop and the credit cards on October 9.

Bond was set at $10,000, Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said.