Man Shot Dead Trying to Break up Fight During Party

A man was shot dead as he tried to break up a fight at a party in Alabama and police say the suspect has since been charged with murder, according to reports.

According to WSFA12 News, the incident happened when Jerry Rayford, 57, asked Tracy Mosley, 42, to leave a property in Dallas County early on Sunday morning and to go home.

But, shortly afterward Rayford was fatally gunned down and another person present was injured in the shooting.

It is understood the shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. in Dallas County Road 33 near Orrville and that Rayford had thrown a party with an estimated 20 people in attendance.

Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum told the network that Mosley allegedly fired multiple shots at Rayford.

The sheriff said there was evidence that Rayford had been shot with a .40 caliber handgun and that another person had been injured.

He said: "He [Mosley] fired the gun and struck Mr. Rayford at least six or seven times. And Mr. Mosley didn't even know he had shot this subject, a Mr. Allen.

The sheriff added: "He was there. He was also struck in the leg."

Sheriff Granthum continued to tell the outlet: "[Rayford] Heard a commotion going on out front of his residence and when he approached, he noticed that there was a male subject later identified as a Tracy Mosley that had gotten into it with some females.

"Some exchanges went on. So Mr. Rayford, when he came out, he told them, 'Hey, you need to leave. No commotion at my house. I don't tolerate that down here.'"

According to WSFA12 News, Mosley told Sheriff Granthum that the shooting was done in self-defense.

Sheriff Granthum told the network: " Mr. Mosley saying that it was self-defense and all this, but we've yet to a gun on the homeowner. He just wanted people to enjoy it and have a good time."

WSFA12 News said Mosley had been denied bond and was charged with murder and first-degree assault.

Mosley was taken to the Dallas County Jail and is set to appear in court on Tuesday morning, according to the network.

Newsweek has contacted the Dallas County Sheriff's Department for comment.

The shooting comes after a police officer was allegedly ambushed and killed after arresting the suspect's friend in Georgia.

Dylan Harrison, 26, had been working his first shift with the Alamo Police Department when he was shot and killed at about 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Following a 38-hour manhunt, officers said they arrested Damien Ferguson in connection with the shooting.

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Stock image of police car lights. Police said the shooting happened during a party in Alabama.