New Details: Shooting Suspect Surrenders to DeKalb County Sheriff

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L to R: Travis Townsend, in handcuffs, walks in the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office with Sheriff Jimmy Harris. (Photo: DeKalb Co. Sheriff's Office)

L to R: Travis Townsend, in handcuffs, walks in the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Jimmy Harris. (Photo: DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris arrested the man accused in a shooting earlier this week in the Dawson community.

The shooting happened Tuesday.

Sheriff Harris said he got a tip last night that Townsend was returning to DeKalb County and wanted to tell his side of the story to the Sheriff.  The text said if the Sheriff came alone, Townsend would turn himself in.

“I told them I would be there when they called,” Sheriff Harris said.

Sheriff Harris pulled up at the residence in Dawson and advised Townsend to come out.  He did, and surrendered peacefully.

“You know that there is always two sides of the story and Townsend wanted to tell his side,” said Sheriff Harris. “We put a lot of man power into locating Townsend and we are glad he turned himself in. We are also glad that the victim Bobby Harper is doing ok.”

Deputies say Townsend is charged with attempted murder.

Deputies say Travis Townsend is in custody. He was wanted in a shooting that happened Tuesday morning on County Road 313 in Dawson. (Photo: DeKalb Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies say Travis Townsend is in custody. He is accused of shooting a man Tuesday morning on County Road 313 in Dawson. (Photo: DeKalb Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators say Townsend shot Bobby Harper in the neck with a deer rifle Tuesday while Harper was inside a vehicle.

Harper was taken to Huntsville Hospital.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Harper told deputies the fight was over a woman both men had dated.

Deputies say that woman was since arrested in Jackson County on drug-related charges.



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