On Monday evening September 16, two men sustained injuries in a shooting and were transported to Allegiance Health. One of the victims, a 20-year-old Jackson man, was being treated for life-threatening injuries after being shot numerous times in the torso. An Albion man who is 36 years old was also injured, although his injuries were not considered life-threatening according to Jackson police Lt. Christopher Simpson. The shootings, which occurred in the 900 block of Russell Street, are believed to have been related to a drug deal “gone bad” according to a news article at Mlive.com.
Police believe the men may have been involved in a narcotics deal, however as of Tuesday afternoon Simpson said that police were still trying to determine just what happened. He went on to say that there appeared to have been an altercation which resulted in the two men struggling over a gun. Police were not certain whether the shooting was solely related to narcotics, or whether more was involved. Albion and Jackson were allegedly involved in the struggle, with the Albion man gaining control of the gun after being grazed in the head by a bullet. He then allegedly shot the other victim multiple times, leaving him severely injured.
The Albion man has been released from the hospital, however no arrests have been made at this point. Simpson revealed there were several people who witnessed the struggle, and that witnesses are being interviewed by officers and detectives.
Drug crimes are a very serious problem in Michigan, and often lead to violence. If one or the other of these two men was dealing in narcotic drugs, he may face serious criminal charges. For example, heroin is a Schedule 1 narcotic that will leave an individual accused of distributing even less than 50 grams facing potential jail time of up to 20 years if convicted.
Any individual who is arrested or charged with the possession, manufacturing, or distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or other illegal substance must consult with a qualified Michigan drug crimes lawyer immediately so that work can begin to protect your legal rights and freedom.