Video cameras help police in shooting casePublished 8:07pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The new cameras around Selma’s downtown that are meant to take in security footage are already contributing to the investigations for the Selma Police Department.
On Jan. 4, a victim filed a police report stating that his ex-girlfriend fired multiple rounds at him in his vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody not long after that, when police saw footage of the suspect’s car chasing the victim on video captured by city security videos.
Ashley Towns, 20, was arrested shortly after her ex-boyfriend, the victim, filed a report at the Selma Police Department. She was taken to the Dallas County Jail and held on a $96,000 bond for shooting into an occupied vehicle.
“The victim had stopped at a traffic light in the area of Broad Street and Selma Avenue, when Ms. Towns pulled up beside him,” Selma Police Chief William T. Riley said. “There were two other individuals in the vehicle with the victim at the time. The suspect demanded to know where he was earlier during the night.”
Riley said the victim then drove across the Edmund Pettus Bridge towards Old Montgomery Highway and the suspect followed. Once in the area of Old Montgomery Highway, the suspect fired shots at the victim’s 2007 red Dodge.
“The vehicle was struck, but no one was injured. After firing the shots the suspect drove off,” Riley said.
Ashley L. Towns was identified as the suspect and was arrested on Jan. 4. Her charges include discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle with a bond of $90,000 and domestic violence (harassment) 3rd degree with a bond of $6,000.
“A surveillance camera viewing the area of Broad Street and Water Avenue captured what we believe to be the victims vehicle traveling toward the bridge followed by another vehicle at a high rate of speed,” Riley said.