Town Creek woman and man died in murder-suicide, investigation ongoing

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people have died and an investigation is ongoing after authorities confirmed a murder-suicide in Town Creek on Thursday evening.

Town Creek Police Chief Jerry Garrett said his officers received a call around 6:20 p.m. referring to an unwanted guest from a woman living at 538 Bradley Street. The woman, later identified as 33-year-old Sheneaka Davis, told the dispatch that her ex-boyfriend was at her house and asked for the police to escort him.

Before police could arrive, Garrett tells News 19 that the man, later identified as 33-year-old Daricus “Rico” Yarbrough, broke into the house through the front door, backing Davis into a back bedroom and shot him.

Garrett says Davis’ friend and his three children were inside the house at the time. All were unharmed.

Yarbrough then left Davis’ house and drove a quarter mile down the road to 363 Bradley Street where he lived in a house his grandmother owned, according to Garrett.

It was now around 6.40pm and officers, after initially following up on reports leading them to believe Yarbrough was at another location, were at his grandmother’s home.

Garrett says some of Yarbrough’s family had shown up at the house to talk to him, but he eventually got them all out. Garrett says the family told police she left because the situation was “not good.”

Yarbrough then pointed a gun at officers and closed the front door, Garrett told News 19. That’s when authorities heard the sound of a gunshot.

At this point, Garrett says officers were unsure if anyone else was inside the house and went inside and found Yarbrough dead.

Chief Garrett told News 19 that Yarbrough broke into Davis’ home a few months before Thursday’s incident.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Courtland Police Department, and Alabama Law Enforcement were assisting the Town Creek Police Department at both scenes.

Chief Garrett says all of the agencies working together are what helped things run as smoothly as they could have for the small community.

“We’re a small department,” Garrett said. “The help from other agencies has been just… invaluable. To control the two scenes, to keep them safe and to process them; the cooperation between everyone is what helped the situation. You can’t begin to describe how invaluable this is between departments. »


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