Woman: Fight between exes ends in gunfire; 1 critical, 1 charged

Published: May. 2, 2015 at 12:14 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2015 at 12:16 PM CDT
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Jason Keith Sparkman (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Jason Keith Sparkman (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A shooting on Friday left one Limestone County man in critical condition.

It happened just before 7 p.m. at a residence on the 27800 block of Trotter's Lane. Investigators found the victim, 37-year-old James Bell, had been shot five times.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Jason Sparkman of Huntsville and charged him with first-degree assault.

Bell is the ex-boyfriend, and Sparkman the ex-husband, of Melissa Kassay, who told us Saturday Sparkman fired in self-defense.

Kassay said Sparkman was picking up their children when Bell arrived to put up his belongings. From there, an argument escalated, and Kassay said Bell drove onto the lawn, aiming his truck at Sparkman and the children.

"As soon as I came out, I heard 'Don't do it,' and I heard a single shot," said neighbor Rick Vanderliest, "and I heard two more shots."

Kassay said Bell then aimed a gun at Sparkman, but that Sparkman fired first.

Authorities said Sparkman fired 16 rounds at the victim's vehicle, striking Bell several times.

Vanderliest then got involved, disarming Bell of his still loaded gun. Meanwhile, Sparkman gave Bell CPR until paramedics arrived and took over.

Bell was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

"I hope the other guy survives," Vanderliest said, "but he came looking for it. [If] you come on my yard and threaten my children, you're liable to get dealt with the same way."

Sparkman was able to post bond and is currently with his children and ex-wife.

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