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Suspect identified in Jefferson County murder-suicide

Shooting death investigation on Alliance Road
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 9:06 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department are investigating after two men died as a result of a murder suicide.

According to police, 57-year-old Raymond Earl Hamilton of Alliance was shot and killed on May 5 in the 1700 block of Alliance Road around 5 p.m.

Just after 6:00 p.m., after a tip from witnesses, deputies went to a nearby address and found the suspect, 80-year-old Paul Edwin Vance. As deputies approached the suspect, they noticed he had a weapon in his hand. They began giving commands for him to drop the weapon, but he shot himself. Vance was taken to UAB Hospital by helicopter where he died the following day.

Deputies said witnesses reported the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over rental payments.

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