UPDATE: Man killed first day on the job in Pinson identified

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:43 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 2:39 PM CST
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JEFFERSON CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Officials are investigating a deadly shooting involving two employees at an East Jefferson County business.

According to Jefferson County officials the shooting happened at Samuel Associated Tube Group in Pinson around midnight.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as John Eric Cole of Birmingham. He was 29.

Death investigation at JeffCo business
Death investigation at JeffCo business(wbrc)

Cole was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Dexter Rashad Walker. Walker turned himself in to deputies at the scene.

34-year-old Dexter Rashad Walker.
34-year-old Dexter Rashad Walker.(Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Officials are not sure what led up to the shooting. They say this was Cole’s first day on the job.

Samuel, Son and Company released this statement:

Samuel, Son and Company is saddened by a shooting that took place during the night shift earlier today at our manufacturing facility in Birmingham, AL. The incident involved two team members who were previously known to one another outside the workplace. Unfortunately, the victim of the shooting has died. The suspected gunman has turned himself in to the authorities and is now in police custody. We are working with local police as they investigate this matter. The safety of our team members is our top priority and we are ensuring our team members are fully supported during this difficult situation.


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