Crossville man charged in neighbor’s murder; Sheriff says the two had been feuding for months

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Burlin Richard Pritchett, left, is charged with murder. Michael Alan Chapman, right, was killed. DeKalb County authorities said the two men had been feuding for months. (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Burlin Richard Pritchett, left, is charged with murder. Michael Alan Chapman, right, was killed. DeKalb County authorities said the two men had been feuding for months. (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

CROSSVILLE, Ala. – Law enforcement agencies are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Saturday evening in Crossville.  They had actually been called to the home earlier in the day for a disturbance between neighbors, and there were many other recent calls in the past few months.

"Deputies and police officers have responded out there to talk to these folks because they were always into it about something," DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says.

The evening incident happened about 6:00 p.m.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Deputy Troy Brown and Crossville Police Officer Jason Brown responded to a domestic call on County Road 534 in Crossville.  Crossville Police Officer Jason Brown and Geraldine Police Officer Josh Jones had gone to the same address earlier that day.

On the second call, Deputy Brown and Officer Brown found Burlin Richard Pritchett, 46 of Crossville in possession of a weapon.  They ordered Pritchett to put the weapon down.  He was put in a patrol car.

A witness said Michael Alan Chapman, 47, of Crossville had been shot.  A Geraldine police officer arrived on the scene to assist, and they found Chapman.

"Witnesses on the scene say Mr. Pritchett did shoot Mr. Chapman in the facial area," Sheriff Harris says.

More investigators were called.  They are still interviewing witnesses and neighbors. "We'll have to put everything together and get everybody interviewed," Sheriff Harris says.

Sheriff Harris says they are working to find out what lead up to the deadly shooting.

"This is a terrible thing that has happened and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families," said Sheriff Harris. "The deputies and officers did a great job on this case. A special thanks to Crossville and Geraldine Police, they have responded to this road on several different occurrences for us."

Burlin Pritchett is charged with murder.  He's being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond.  Sheriff Harris said the two men have been in disputes with each other for several months.  Chapman has been arrested in the past on charges of making terrorist threats.