The music playing inside a truck in a convenience store parking lot was too loud Saturday night, so an Alabama sheriff asked the driver to turn down the volume.
That’s when the 18-year-old driver pointed a gun at the sheriff and shot him in the head, killing him, authorities say.
That account was among the shocking details emerging Sunday following Saturday’s fatal shooting of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams Sr., a no-nonsense law enforcement professional and former Marine, known as “Big John.”
The suspect in the killing is the son of a sheriff’s deputy from Montgomery County, according to WSFA-TV.
Charles Benson, a customer at the QV store in Hayneville, outside Montgomery, where the shooting occurred, told the Montgomery Advertiser he saw everything.
“Right there at Pump 8,” Benson said, pointing to the crime scene. “Big John comes up and asks the young man about the loud music, just like he has done hundreds of times before. Big John don’t take no foolishness.
“That’s when he got shot. I don’t understand it. The sheriff is gone over loud music? It just don’t seem right.”
The shooting happened around 8:15 p.m. The suspect, identified as William Chase Johnson, initially fled but returned to the crime scene with a firearm about four hours later and was taken into custody, according to reports.
Johnson is scheduled to appear Monday morning in Lowndes County District Court to face murder charges, AL.com reported.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Johnson is the son of one of its deputies, according to WSFA.
The case remains under investigation.