Shooting termed accidental

Law enforcement converge on the scene where the shooting occurred. From left, Sheriff's Sgt. Eddie Collins, Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick, Sheriff Tommy Moore, Investigators Caleb Snoddy and Brad Curtis.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the case of the accidental discharge of a firearm leaving a Double Springs woman injured Thursday afternoon, May 24. Tiara Suggs, 27, suffered a single gunshot wound to the stomach area from her own handgun, which accidentally discharged during what was termed a domestic dispute, noted Captain Jonathan Winters, Region E public information officer for SBI. Suggs was transported from the scene by Regional Paramedical Service ambulance and was then airlifted by Regional Air Medical Service to UAB Hospital, Birmingham, where she underwent surgery in the abdominal area, Winters said. Injuries were reportedly non life threatening, and Suggs was later discharged, he said. “It appears to be an accidental discharge of the victim’s own weapon,” Winters stated. The incident reportedly occurred inside the single wide manufactured home, authorities on the scene said. Law enforcement responded to what was termed a domestic violence occurrence at 254 County Road 327, where Suggs was staying, according to Winters. Upon arrival, one of the persons at the scene was armed, he said. Responding to the scene were SBI, Winston County Sheriff’s Office, Double Springs Police and RPS. “Upon completion, the case will be transferred to the 25th Judicial Circuit for review and prosecution if they deem appropriate, Winters said.

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