Butler Co. Officials Investigating First Homicide of the Year


By Catalina Trivino

A death investigation has now turned into a homicide investigation after a shooting leaves one man dead and another behind bars.

Butler County deputies are calling this the first homicide of the year. Deputies say it started as a truck ride, and then turned deadly after an altercation.

Holley Hill Road, neighbors say, is a quiet neighborhood, where most people know each other, and as far as crime, Shiluv Bedgood says it's not a common sight.

"Like shooting? It doesn't happen," said Bedgood.

Still --blue lights are signs of the county's first homicide. Deputies say a truck came onto Kent Tanner's property around 10:00 Saturday night. That's when deputies say it got stuck and the driver and passenger left the vehicle to search for help.

Minutes later they returned to the truck because they forgot their cell phone. That's when deputies say the driver and passenger found Tanner waiting on them.

"Shortly later, some more people showed back up this man's house and an altercation took place," said Kenny Harden, Butler County Sheriff.

Harden says Tanner had one man's cell phone. "He had notified authorities to come check the truck out. Before we could get there, the subject had called to say he had shot one, to hurry up and get there," said Harden.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was flown to Baptist South Hospital for treatment. Four hours later, he was pronounced dead. Deputies say they're investigating why the shooting took place.

Tanner's friend of 12 years, David Burgans, says it's unlike him to act that way without reason.

"Especially with Kent -- Kent don't bother anybody. He is always quiet, easy going. I mean, I just couldn't believe it. There had to be a reason I just know there had to be a reason for that," said Burgans.

Tanner is currently in the Butler County Jail. No bond has been set. Alabama News Network will keep you updated on the latest on this investigation.

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