The chief, Benny Davis, was in critical condition in the Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit at UAB Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
Davis’ wife, meanwhile, was being held at the Randolph County Jail. Billy Lane, chief deputy for the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, said Felecia Davis, 42, was arrested Saturday and is charged with attempted murder.
Ashland Mayor Larry Fetner said Davis was shot between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday. He declined to give the location of the shooting, or any other circumstances surrounding the incident, referring all questions to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, which is looking into the shooting. Ashland police also referred all questions to ABI. Attempts this afternoon to reach several ABI officials were unsuccessful.
Fetner said ABI is handling the investigation.
“We’re all waiting on a press release from ABI,” he said.
Fetner said the bullet hit Davis in the side and broke one of his ribs. Davis underwent surgery this weekend to repair his colon; the bullet is still lodged in the police chief’s back, Fetner said. The mayor said doctors were not concerned with the bullet’s location at this time.
A small, brown-and-grey dog barked Monday, sitting in front of the Davis' home. Some neighbors near the Davises’ home on Patty Lane said they’d been told not to talk about the weekend shooting.
Kelly Buchanan, whose family lives in a house across the street from the Davises', said she was unaware of the shooting until friends started calling her with questions. The neighbor said she was home all weekend, but didn’t see or hear any police cars.
Buchanan said she and her family have lived on Patty Lane for eight years, and Benny Davis was already living in the home when the Buchanans moved in. Buchanan said Davis has adult children from a previous marriage and she believes the husband and wife were the only people living in the home.
She said she would sometimes see the couple taking walks together during the summer months.
“They would take little strolls hand-in-hand,” Buchanan said. “They were holding hands like they were happy.”
Fetner, the Ashland mayor, said he spent Sunday afternoon in the hospital with Davis’ family, and reported Davis is in critical condition, but stable.
“Doctors are very optimistic and so far any reports we’ve heard have been good,” Fetner said
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