Person of interest identified in school coach’s fatal shooting outside Selma restaurant

Person of interest identified in school coach’s fatal shooting outside Selma restaurant
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says Jerry Johnson is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Christopher Harrell. (Source: Dallas County District Attorney's Office)

SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - The head basketball coach of Dallas County High School was shot and killed Thursday night during what police say was a robbery.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, 56-year-old Christopher Harrell was leaving Lannie’s B-B-Q Spot #2 on Medical Center Parkway in Selma around 6 p.m. Thursday when he was shot and killed in the parking lot.

“Apparently, he had gotten off work and went and got some food, paid for the food, and was walking out and as he was walking out, he saw somebody in his car (truck), roaming around in his truck and you know he went over there to ask what was going on and he got shot, shot in the head,” Jackson said.

Investigators believe one, possibly two, suspects were involved in the robbery.

“Whoever is involved, whenever they get apprehended, it’ll be a capital murder charge, or charges,” Jackson said.

Jackson says police are looking for Jerry Johnson, who is a person of interest. Jackson says Johnson is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anybody with information on his whereabouts, should contact the Selma Police Department.

The Dallas County community is continuing to grapple with Harrell’s sudden death.

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Dallas County High School’s flag flies at half-staff and two wreaths hang on the school’s front door in honor of Harrell, whose passing has shaken the community.

“He was a good coach, a good person, everybody knew him, and you just think it’s so senseless that he get killed this way,” Jackson said.

Dallas County High School basketball coach Christopher Harrell was killed in a robbery on Feb. 4 in Selma, according to police. The following day, black wreaths were on the front doors to the school, and the flag was flying at half-staff.
Dallas County High School basketball coach Christopher Harrell was killed in a robbery on Feb. 4 in Selma, according to police. The following day, black wreaths were on the front doors to the school, and the flag was flying at half-staff. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Harrell was an assistant coach on the Hornets’ squad that won the Class 4A championship during the 2013-2014 season, just one of the many memories the school and county will remember him for.

“Everyone knew him. He was a great guy,” Jackson added.

Dallas County High School basketball coach Christopher Harrell was killed in a robbery on Feb. 4 in Selma, according to police.
Dallas County High School basketball coach Christopher Harrell was killed in a robbery on Feb. 4 in Selma, according to police. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The school district says anyone who would like to pay tribute to Harrell may place cards or letters with their memories of him in a box that will be placed outside the Dallas County High School gym. They will be given to his family after all of them are collected.

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