From The Tribune staff reports
TALLADEGA COUNTY — An Oxford man killed a woman and shot her 4-year-old son in her home near Weaver on Saturday before shooting himself, according to Weaver police.
In a news release posted to Facebook late that night, Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush said Alex Haynes, 21, had confessed to his mother that he had killed his girlfriend, 24-year-old Katlynn Jones, who lived on Juanita Lane.
After the call, his mother contacted police and requested them to perform a welfare check at the Jacksonville residence.
Upon arriving, officers discovered what appeared to be a forced entry of a window on the rear door of the house. Inside, they found the deceased body of Jones. The 24-year-old had been shot and stabbed numerous times, according to police.
Officers also found Jones’s 4-year-old son with a gunshot wound to the head. The boy was in critical condition and transported to UAB Hospital.
A short time later, Haynes was located by the Anniston Police Department and a high-speed chase ensued. The chase ended in a Talladega County field where Haynes shot himself. He later died as a result of the self-inflicted injury.
Police say no officers were injured during the pursuit.
Investigators are still working to identify a motive for this crime.