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Fatal Shooting: Valley Man Charged With Murder

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

One Valley man has been fatally shot, and another one has been charged with murder. On Friday Valley police responded to a shooting on Martin Luther King Drive that unfortunately resulted in the death of a Valley man. Valley Police Chief Mike Reynolds issued the following press release around 5:30 pm EST.

"On this date at approximately 2:44 P.M., officers of the Valley Police Department and EAFD EMS were called to the 200 block of Martin Luther King Drive in reference to a person being shot. Upon arrival, officers found that Jarez Cytril Ricks, 31 years old of Valley, had been shot twice in the upper chest. Ricks was transported from the scene to the EAMC Lanier emergency room where he succumbed to his injuries", said Reynolds.

"As officers and EMS were tending to Ricks, other officers took Christopher Avantae Summers, 32 years old of Valley, into custody. Summers admitted that he had shot Ricks. Summers was brought to the Valley Police Department where he was formally interviewed. Summers was then charged with Murder and transported to the Chambers County Detention Center where he will be afforded a bond hearing. As of this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown", added Reynolds

Valley Investigators recovered two handguns as well as several spent shell casings at the scene. Several witness statements were taken from bystanders in the area as well.

Ricks will be sent to the Medical Examiner’sOffice in Montgomery for autopsy.

This is still an active case and we urge anyone that may have information concerning this murder to call the Valley Police Department at 334-756-5200 or the Central Alabama Crimestoppers at 1-833-AL1-STOP, or 334-215-STOP, or on their web site

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