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Posted on: April 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Wittel Ave Incident Update

Opelika Police Detectives have determined that the incident involving a 13-year-old who died from a gunshot wound yesterday, was an unfortunate accident. The incident occurred in the 300 Block of Wittel Avenue on 04/11/2022 shortly after 4:00 p.m. After an investigation, it appears that a loaded firearm fell inside of the home and discharged, striking the victim. Responding Officers began life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to East Alabama Medical Center where they succumbed to their injuries. “Our thoughts are with the family as they grieve the loss of their child,” said Chief Healey. “We encourage all individuals who own a firearm to ensure that it is stored safely and kept in a secure location, away from children, to prevent tragic incidents like this from occurring.”

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