Victim managed to kill one of attackers before death

Published 9:30 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A botched Tuesday evening robbery left two dead men as the result of fatal gunshot wounds.

Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department said Selma resident Willie “Dusty” Berry, 77, died as the results of gunshot wounds suffered during an attempted robbery as he returned to his home at Highland View condominiums in the 2700 block of North Broad Street on Tuesday evening.

“We believe that as he exited his vehicle and attempted to enter his residence that was approached by two black males and an attempted robbery occurred then,” Muhannad said “We believe the elderly man was shot first in his abdomen. He was armed and was able to fire a shot striking the first suspect, a Lester Jones Jr. of Orrville, in the head.”

Muhannad said Jones Jr. was left unconscious on Berry’s porch, as Berry attempted to make his way to a neighbor’s residence.

“The elderly man sought to get to a neighbor’s house and was struck another two times by the second suspect,” Muhannad said. “And then the second suspect fled on foot while the elderly man was able to advise a neighbor that he had been shot.”

Muhannad said the second suspect’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Yellow police tape still surrounded Berry’s residence at the back of the Highland View development late Wednesday afternoon, and Muhannad the investigation has already achieved some successes in it’s first 24 hours.

“During our investigation of the complex, we found an unknown vehicle at the complex, maroon SUV, that was not familiar to the area,” Muhannad said. “We found out that this vehicle belonged to the girlfriends of Lester Jones Jr. and that is how they got there. We are currently looking at leads that may help us track down the second suspect.”

Muhannad said both were initially transported to Vaughn Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, where they were both pronounced dead in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

Muhannad asks those with knowledge of the second subject to contact Crime Stoppers call, 1-800-442-7463 or call the Selma Police Department at (334) 874-6611.