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For Immediate Release – Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

On the morning of Saturday, October 28th around 10:50 a.m. deputies responded to a shooting at a residence in the 200 block of Spring Branch Road in unincorporated Shelby County. Deputies met with an adult victim who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Wesley Lee Acker, a 36-year-old Columbiana resident and acquaintance of the victim, was quickly identified as the suspect and arrested for Attempted Murder and Assault 1st degree. The motive for the shooting is still unclear. Wesley Acker posted a $50,000 bond for Attempted Murder and a $10,000 for Assault 1st degree on October 30th. For more information on Attempted Murder, go to: For more information on Assault 1st degree, go to: Anyone with additional information about this crime 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 by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link and choosing "General Information." To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charge, and bond, go to and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmate’s 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.

Chelsea Railroad Crossing Closed on Saturday

Saturday, September 9th at 7:00 a.m. the railroad crossing in front of Chelsea City Hall will close for repairs until Sunday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Lanes Blocked on 280

The two eastbound lanes of Highway 280 at Alabama Highway 119 are blocked from a traffic accident which occurred around 12:30 today. Expect delays in the area and find an alternate route, if possible.

Lieutenant Sumners Recognized For His Work With Mental Health Awareness

Congratulations to Lieutenant Cody Sumners for receiving the Special Recognition Award from NAMI-Alabama at their 31st Annual Meeting in Montgomery. The award was presented in recognition of the work that Lieutenant Sumners has done to increase the ability of first responders, in Shelby County, to more effectively handle calls involving someone suffering with a mental illness.

Railroad Crossing Closed

On Friday morning August 25, 2017, the railroad crossing on Shelby County Highway 61 near the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 in downtown Wilsonville will be closed for an unspecified amount of time for repair. The roadway will be closed to traffic while repairs are underway. This release will be updated when the roadway re-opens.

Death Investigation in Brantleyville

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a call in which a passerby discovered a body in a lake located in the area of Brantley Lake Road. When deputies arrived they discovered the body of a deceased male in a private lake. The victim was identified as, 53 year-old, Rickey Dale Giles of Maylene. Sheriff’s Office investigators are continuing their investigation into this death, however, at this time it does not appear that foul play was involved. If anyone has any information regarding the death of Mr. Giles, they are encouraged to contact Investigator Rodriguez at (205)669-4181.

Update on Shooting Death

On Saturday August 12th, 2017, at 3:20 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 300 block of Shelby County Highway 437 to investigate a report of a person who had been shot at a residence. Upon arrival deputies located an unresponsive adult male lying on the ground outside of the home and quickly discovered that he had been shot. Medical rescue personnel attempted to revive the victim but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim is identified as Samuel Julius Nave, 30 years of age, who lived at the residence in Sterrett, Alabama. Deputies and investigators interviewed two other adults who were at the home, another male and a female who lived there with Nave, and detained the male for further questioning. Investigators believe the shooting was the result of an on-going domestic dispute between Nave and the female resident. At some point Nave threatened the other male subject with a weapon, which led to the shooting. After interviewing all of the witnesses, and the subject who shot Mr. Nave, and reviewing all of the evidence, the subject was released pending further investigation including an autopsy and a thorough review by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. Criminal charges may still be pursued but the subject who shot Nave has not been charged at this time. Anyone with information about this shooting 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 by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Death Investigation

Around 4:15 p.m. today, deputies responded to a shooting with one fatality in the 300 block of Highway 437, Sterrett. Investigators are en route to the scene and deputies have detained one person who was present when the shooting took place. We do not believe anyone else is in danger and want to reassure the community around this investigation they are safe. We will release a more detailed statement after the family of the adult victim is notified. We offer our condolences to the families of everyone involved in this death investigation.

Victim of Fatal Crash Identified

On Monday July 31st, 2017, around 3:00 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 4600 block of Valleydale Road. Alabama State troopers, Hoover police officers and North Shelby fire department personnel all assisted with the accident and in getting the injured medical treatment. The accident involved four vehicles with multiple occupants injured and one fatality. The deceased passenger of one of the vehicles is Michael Francis Xavier Lee, 34 years of age, from Shelby County. Sheriff Samaniego would like to express his condolences to the Mr. Lee’s family and friends for their loss. The Shelby County Traffic Homicide Investigation unit is investigating the cause of the accident and a final report may take some time to complete. We will update this release if any new information becomes available. Anyone with information about this accident 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 by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Motor Vehicle Accident has Valleydale Road Blocked at North Shelby Fire Station 1

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a four vehicle accident on Valleydale Road in front of North Shelby Fire Station 1, has the roadway blocked due to emergency vehicles operating in the area. Shelby County deputies and Alabama State Troopers are on-scene. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes and to avoid this area due to major traffic congestion. Further updates will be given as they are received.

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