Huntsville man charged with attempted murder after fight ends in gunfire
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A 28-year-old man is accused of attempted murder in connection with a shooting on a Madison County street.
The sheriff's office identified the suspect as Charles Spears and injuries to his face were visible in his mug shot.
Officials say that's because he was fighting with another man, but was losing, and that's when he pulled out a gun and shot his opponent.
It happened Friday night on Erle Phillips Road in Madison County.
It's not clear what Spears and the victim were fighting about, but things escalated and the victim was shot.
Both men later showed up at the hospital seeking medical attention.
According to Lt. Donny Shaw, public information office for the Madison County Sheriff's Office, on Friday night, there was an off-duty Madison police officer working at the Madison hospital and he was notified that someone was outside on the ground outside of the facility.
He went outside and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. At the same time, the hospital was receiving another injured patient, Spears.
"It appeared that both injured persons had been involved in an altercation," Shaw said. "They showed up around the time with injuries but they had different modes of transportation. We're not yet sure how the victim who was shot got to the hospital, other than the fact that he was laying in front of the hospital. The suspect's injuries were not as serious as the victim who was shot."
Deputies and investigators responded to the hospital and spoke to a witness and those involved. They pieced things together and learned that the shooting happened on Erle Phillips Road.
"An altercation had occurred on the roadway and one of them shot the other. After the suspect was released from the hospital, he was taken to our Criminal Investigation Division where he was interviewed. Based on that interview and the statement from a witness, he was arrested for attempted murder and placed in the Madison County Jail," Lt. Shaw explained.
Spears' bail was set at $50,000. He is also being held because his bond was revoked on a probation violation.
The victim, Brian Ranmaker, 32, is recovering.
"It's not clear why they were fighting," Lt. Shaw added. "They were in a physical fight and the victim was getting the better of the offender and the offender pulled out a gun and shot him."
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