Alabama teen murder suspect nabbed after coming to church with gun, police say

Published 9:38 pm Sunday, February 11, 2024

An Alabama teen wanted for murder was arrested Sunday after he showed up at a church service with a firearm.

The incident started just after noon on Sunday when Pelham police were alerted to a suspicious group of people at the Church of the Highlands.

An adult and eight juveniles arrived at Church of the Highlands in two separate vehicles. A church volunteer was shuttling people from their vehicles to the building.

The volunteer noted that one of the juvenile males had a firearm in his waistband and informed him that he could not have the weapon inside the church.

The juvenile male complied and exited the shuttle and placed the firearm in a vehicle.

Immediately, the adult and seven remaining juveniles exited the shuttle, and a juvenile female drove away in the vehicle containing the firearm and returned a few minutes later.

Polices were alerted to the subject with the firearm and made contact with him.

The 17-year-old male had an active warrant for murder out of Montgomery County and was taken into custody by Pelham Police Officers without incident.

A short time later, Pelham police found the firearm hidden in some bushes on the other side of the church property.

Police will continue to investigate in cooperation with the Montgomery Police Department. The preliminary investigation has not revealed any known threats in the area.