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Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department Sheds Light on Bar-Shooting; Alleged Victim Drove Into West Georgia, Crashed Vehicle

On June 8th, 2022, at approximately 6:30 pm, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office that a male subject, identified as James Davis, had been involved in possible shooting within Cleburne County, Alabama. Haralson County Investigators stated that Davis had crashed his motor vehicle in the 100 block of Highway 78 and upon their response they had discovered that Davis had a gunshot wound. Davis alleged that the incident had occurred at the Junction Bar on Highway 78 in the Muscadine area, and he was shot by the bar owner Andrew Kelley.

Units from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department then responded to the Junction Bar to secure the scene and began with their investigation. Units were able to make contact with Kelley and other witnesses at the scene. Witnesses stated that Davis entered the bar irate brandishing a handgun and after a brief physical altercation, gunfire was exchanged with Davis being struck.  Davis then left the premises and is believed to have traveled east bound on Highway 78 into Haralson County where he crashed his motor vehicle. Davis was then transported via air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

At the request of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department, Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics was dispatched for scene processing. Haralson County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the vehicle that Davis was driving for scene processing.

At this time, this is still an active and ongoing investigation, and no further details will be given. There have been no charges filed at this time.

“We appreciate response of the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department and the Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics for their assistance with this investigation,” Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jon Daniel told WLBB Radio Thursday.

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