Huntsville Police Chief Talks About City’s Sixth Homicide

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’re in our fifth week of the 2014 and Huntsville Police investigators are working their sixth homicide. The killings are getting the attention of some in town, including the police chief. What Chief Lewis Morris told WHNT News 19 might surprise you.

Officers picked up evidence Monday night. Each piece was part of a file on the city ‘s sixth homicide. Chief Morris is proud his officers have closed the year’s previous five homicide cases.

“We have no reason to believe we won’t solve this one in time, but it creates some concern in the community when there are six homicides in a little over a month,” said Chief Morris.

Chief Morris insists the officers are committed to fighting crime, but says no officer can stop it completely.

Violence put an end to Demarco Moore’s life.  He died inside a home O’Fallon Road.

“Mr. Moore was visiting at a house. He answered the door of that house, in what appears to be an attempted robbery at that house, he was shot and killed,” added Chief Morris.

Chief Morris told WHNT News 19 the shooting was not random, like the shooting on New Year’s Day that claimed the life of 21-year-old Mercedes Morris.

“The only thing that could be considered random would be the one homicide where the young lady was the victim who happened to get caught in the middle of a dispute between some people,” said Chief Morris.

The chief and victim are not related. Chief Morris believes the community can help in the fight against crime.

He wants anyone with any information about a crime to give police a call. He has a line set up to receive those calls. Just dial (256) 722-7100.


  • Nuclear Mike

    When a part of our local society will not help authorities solve crimes or even help prevent these murders by turning in drug activities & gang crimes, then these murders will continue among those who will not help their neighbors.

  • Tim

    Once again the Mayor is to worried about placing high police attention in the high crime area’s. Until we let the police to there jobs and have heavy attention in these areas, the crimes and killings will continue. Useless mayor Battle is afraid the city might get sued, well Huntsville is quickly becoming the new Birmingham/Memphis.

  • JT

    Why doesn’t the Huntsville Police Department have a street crime unit that can proactively address and help deture the ongoing street violance? The first step is admitting there is a problem. The second step is implementing a solution or at least an attempt. I agree that the HPD does a great job for the most part however, why wait until things are out of control? What ever happened to ” WE ARE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE THIS?” (or)” PROACTIVE PATROLlING.”
    Lets not forget to mention the system allowes offenders to bond out within an hour of an arrest just to do another crime it again.

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