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Update on Death Investigation
Last Saturday February 23, 2019, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a residence in the 3700 block of Highway 77. Inside the residence, deputies found Calvin J. Ray, 19 years of age from Columbiana, deceased. Sheriff’s investigators believe that Calvin Ray had been shot and killed by his brother, Jalen Ray. Following the initial shooting, Jalen Ray encountered another family member, and Jalen Ray was shot and injured. Jalen K. Ray, 18 years old from Columbiana, has been charged with Murder and Attempted Murder and is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a combined bond of $180,000. At this time, there are no other pending charges against the other involved family member. The official cause of death for Calvin Ray is pending an autopsy by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Chapter 6 Criminal Code. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category. To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmates last name and click on the “Search” button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate.
At approximately 9:07 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies received a call to the 3700 block of Shelby County Highway 77 on a report of a Domestic Violence related shooting. Deputies arrived on scene and found one person deceased. Investigators, along with the Shelby County Coroner's Office have been called to the scene. There are no other details available at this time. This release will be updated as more information is available. Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office directly at (205) 669-4181, the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116, or through our website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link and choosing "General Information."
Highway 47 Now Open
At approximately 8:00 pm, Highway 47 opened to normal traffic. Please continue to use caution if traveling through this area as first responders may still be on scene.
Highway 47 Closed Near Columbiana
Highway 47, also known as Chelsea Road, will be closed at the 1500 block to thru traffic due to a motor vehicle accident. This location is near Columbiana. Motorists will need to take an alternate route. Please avoid this area while first responders work the accident and try to clear the road for traffic. This release will be updated when the road is reopened.
Helicopter Aides in Capturing Suspect Who Eluded Deputies in a Vehicle
On February 13th, 2019 around 1:15 pm, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations and suspicious activity. The driver of the vehicle eluded deputies and ran into a rural area. Our helicopter quickly arrived in the area and aided deputies on the ground in capturing 29-year-old Bobby Jack Bernier of Wilsonville. Bernier was charged with Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and multiple traffic violations.
The helicopter was crucial in locating Bernier and deputies were able to call off the vehicle pursuit, which can pose risks to other citizens on the road. Bernier was later released from the Shelby County Jail on Thursday, February 14, 2019 after posting a $3200 bond.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office helicopter has many capabilities including patrol/traffic control, surveillance and photo reconnaissance, search and rescue, and disaster response. The range and capabilities of our helicopter continues to be an asset to the Sheriff’s Office in providing a high level of services to the citizens in Shelby County.
To view a Shelby County inmate’s picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmates last name and click on the “Search” button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate.
U.S. Hwy 280 Reopened
All lanes of U.S. Hwy 280 at Inverness Parkway have reopened.
U.S. Hwy 280 Eastbound Closed at Inverness Parkway
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 280 and Inverness Parkway. All eastbound lanes of U.S. Hwy 280 at the intersection are closed and are expected to remain closed for an extended period of time. Eastbound cars on Hwy 280 are able to turn onto Inverness Parkway as a detour; however, traffic is moving slowly in the area. Vehicles on Inverness Parkway going toward Hwy 280 may only turn eastbound on Hwy 280. Motorists should expect delays in the area and are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.
Student Charged with Making Threat
On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the school resource officer assigned to Oak Mountain Middle School received a report from school officials that a student made a threat directed at another student regarding the use of a gun. After a thorough search, officials determined that the threat did not pose any immediate physical threat to students, however the verbal threat was serious and as a result, there was a disruption in school activities. The incident was investigated and resulted in the arrest of a juvenile student for Terrorist Threat (13A-10-15). The juvenile student was transported to the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center.
Sheriff Samaniego wants parents to know that the school resource officers assigned to Oak Mountain Middle School, and other schools are there to ensure students are able to learn in the safest environment possible. In this case, the system in place worked as it should. The cooperation between school officials, the school resource officer and students helped to bring this incident to a quick resolution.
For information on the charges listed above, please follow the link below and choose Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 10, Offenses against Public Administration and Section 15, Terrorist Threats.
Anyone with additional information about this crime should contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office directly at (205) 669-4181, the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116, or through our website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link and choosing "General Information.”
For Immediate Release- Captain Clay Hammac is recognized as one of law enforcement's top 40 under 40
On Monday, October 8, 2018, Shelby County Sheriff’s Captain Clay Hammac, also commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, was formally recognized in Orlando, Florida, by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as one of law enforcement’s Top 40 under 40 professionals. Captain Hammac was selected from a candidate pool representing more than 32,000 law enforcement officers from 152 different countries.
Annually, the IACP recognizes the top 40 law enforcement officers from across the globe, under the age of 40 for their devotion to service, compassion to others, and sacrificial leadership.
The event was concluded by remarks from President Trump, recognizing the sacrifices made from all law enforcement and their families.
Captain Hammac was nominated for the award by Sheriff John Samaniego. The nomination packet spotlighted his faith-based work outside of law enforcement, and a number of his career achievements, such as testifying before the U.S. Congressional Financial Services Committee. The nomination included letters of reference from others who identified his quiet compassion toward others, and selfless devotion to the spirit of service.
Sheriff Samaniego commented, “Captain Hammac is so deserving of this award. He exemplifies the professionalism and hard work of our employees who work tirelessly to serve Shelby County. “
When asked about the award, Captain Hammac said, “There are so many others who are well deserving of this award, and to be recognized by my peers and my command staff is an incredible honor that leaves me speechless.”
The other 39 awardees were recognized from Spain, Australia, China, Mexico, Israel, Pakistan, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Canada, Columbia, and 22 US States.
County Road 47 is Now Open
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On October 9, 2018, at 1030 a.m., the motor vehicle accident has been cleared and the road is now open for travel.