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UPDATE: Victims ID’d in triple murder-suicide on Misty Lane near Hwy. 80 in Phenix City

Heavy police presence on Hwy. 80, Misty Lane in Phenix City
Heavy police presence on Hwy. 80, Misty Lane in Phenix City(Source: WTVM)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 1:54 PM CDT
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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - Three people and an unborn child are dead following a murder-suicide near Hwy. 80 in Phenix City.

According to Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry, Jr., 35-year-old Jessica Martin and an infant were pronounced dead at Piedmont Columbus Regional, while 40-year-old Richard Cook was pronounced dead at the residence on Hwy. 80.

On September 24, police responded to a shooting in the 3700 block of US Highway 80, near Misty Lane. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male victim dead with a gunshot wound.

A pregnant female victim was then discovered with gunshot wounds. She was not responsive, but was transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown for treatment. Upon arrival, the victim was pronounced dead by the on-duty medical staff. An attempt to save the unborn child was made, but the child also was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

Witnesses said a male ran from the scene and went into the wood line off Highway 80. This man was later identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Martin.

A perimeter was set up and a tracking dog was brought in from the Russell County Sheriff’s Department. ALEA brought in aerial support. Martin was found dead by what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, at a camp site that was set up inside the wood line.

Phenix City police says this incident was a result of a domestic violence encounter.

This is an on-going investigation. As this investigation is conducted more information may be released at a later time. Anyone with information should call the Phenix City Police Department at 334-298-0611.

Stay with News Leader 9 as we gather more information.

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