Alabama mother of three shot and killed as her children watched, investigators say

Published 1:55 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

An Alabama man has been charged with shooting and killing a woman while their three children watched, sheriff’s deputies said.

Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were able to make an arrest in the domestic shooting death that occurred around noon yesterday in the 1200 block of Huffman Road in Birmingham.

Detectives arrested Emell Peavy, 48, after conducting an investigation into the shooting death of 37-year-old April Britton.

According to witnesses, Peavy shot the victim in the presence of their juvenile children and left the scene. The three children were reportedly 13, 17 and 20 years old.

The children flagged down a passing vehicle for help.

While the occupants of the vehicle were there with the children, Peavy returned to the scene.

One of the Good Samaritans was able to hold the suspect at gun point until deputies arrived.

Peavy has been placed in the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham on the charge of capital murder. His charges currently have no bond.