Police release new details in Alex City homicide

Nicholas Seth Harrison. (Source: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department)
Nicholas Seth Harrison. (Source: Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM CDT
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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - We're learning new details surrounding the homicide of 21-year-old Denzel Pope.

According to Alex City Police, the suspect, 21-year-old Nicholas Seth Harrison, and Pope did not know each other. In fact, investigators initially feared this was a random shooting.

Police say an investigation had determined that Harrison pulled up beside Pope on Highway 280 West and fired at least four shots through the passenger window, striking the vehicle and hitting Pope in the head. Police say the homicide was premeditated.

"There are also two bullet holes in the vehicle from the inside out. They had not exited, meaning they had been shot from the inside," Alex City police detective Drew Machen said.

A third person, identified only as a female, has come forward to share information about what may have led to the shooting. Police say it is too early to say whether the female will be charged in connection to the homicide.

Those who know Pope say they are not sure why he was in Alex City in the first place. Pope worked at Blue Bell Ice Cream in Sylacauga. He also played wide receiver for the Sylacauga High School football team.

Friends describe Pope as being a "good kid" and "no trouble." Harrison also was not one to raise alarms in his community in Valley.

Minutes after police found Denzel Pope's body, Dadeville police pulled Harrison over and charged with him DUI. A witness called 911 reporting Harrison driving erratically on 280 East in Dadeville.  The police found a gun his car and saw that his right-side passenger window had been shot out.

Harrison had his first court appearance Thursday, but we do not yet know who was appointed to act as his attorney. The court didn't set a bond since this is a capital murder case.

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