Oxford police Sgt. L.G. Owens said Anniston resident Eriq Burrell turned himself in around 1 p.m. today. Burrell’s lawyer accompanied him to the station, where he turned over the handgun used to shoot Lineville resident Garibai Guillermo once in the arm and once in the left buttock, Owens said.
After Burrell told police his version of the Monday night shooting, police allowed him to return to a relative’s Anniston home. Owens said Burrell does not pose a flight risk and is fully cooperating with police. He has not been formally charged, because the investigation is on-going, Owens said.
Guillermo remains at Regional Medical Center, where he received emergency surgery after being shot around 9 o'clock last night, Owens said.
According to Owens, police have spoken with Guillermo several times and are trying to reconcile his story with what Burrell reported.
Police were first alerted to the shooting around 8:50 p.m. Monday. Witnesses told police that Burrell shot Guillermo in the Motel 6 parking lot off Grace Street. Owens said Guillermo ran to the Comfort Inn lobby on Elm Street and asked the clerk to call an ambulance.
Owens would not clarify the motive for shooting for fear it would jeopardize the case.
He said he expects investigators to charge Burrell later this week but does not know yet what the charge will be.