Man dies after two gunshots

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2004

EUTAW–Eutaw Police responded to a report of a homicide Saturday evening at the Eutaw Trailer Park on Harris Avenue.

Derrick Edwards, 28, of Eutaw was fatally shot twice with what officials believe was a handgun, said Eutaw Police Chief Reginald Spencer.

The call to police came in from a neighbor at approximately 9:05 p.m.

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Information is sketchy from local officials. Eutaw Police have asked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to assist with the investigation.

There are two suspects, but Spencer could not give their names. No arrests have been made.

The deceased was a resident of the Sanders and Black Apartments in Eutaw and had two outstanding warrants with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

Raymond Powell was arrested at the site of the homicide for an unrelated drug charge. He had not been charged at press time.

In a related matter, Eutaw Police had to respond to another shooting incident Jan. 24 at Greene County High School.

A former student, David Edwards Jr., 20, was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon and attempted assault at a dance after a basketball game.

He pulled the gun on a current student at the dance and fired shots, Spencer said. The suspect attended the dance with his cousin who was having an argument with another student. The argument had reportedly begun a week before the incident at the dance.

No one at the dance was hurt.

There was no security officers on hand at the dance. Eutaw Police regularly patrols at such dances, but due to being understaffed the Eutaw force, officers would not be available. The current Eutaw force features seven officers including the chief. Spencer hopes to add two more officers soon.

There are metal detection devices at the school but not at the gym where the dance was located.

Spencer said he would like for a security guard to be stationed at such events. “I don’t think it would have happened if there had been an armed security guard or police officer at the door,” the chief said.

Guns being brought to school dances is not a common problem, the chief said. “This just a young adult who made a dumb decision,” he said.

Edwards, the suspect in the dance shooting, was released Jan. 28 on $10,000 bond. He is not related to the homicide victim.