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City’s 4th homicide

Still no arrest in fatal Brooks Lane shooting

Police discuss the shooting behind yellow crime scene tape.

News Staff Writer

Atmore police have still not reported by Tuesday’s press deadline an arrest in the July 25 slaying of a 22-year-old Atmore man.
Jatyrain Aquamini “Tank” Tolbert, who was reportedly shot once as he sat in his car, became the city’s fourth homicide victim of the year.
The initial report relayed by dispatchers was of a wreck with injuries at the intersection of Brooks Lane and either Ann or King street.
Police and emergency medical personnel arrived at the wreck site to find the driver, later identified as Tolbert, had been shot. He was rushed to Atmore Community Hospital, but ACH emergency staff were unable to save him.
Authorities have released only basic details of the fatal shooting, but a young man who asked that this name not be published provided some second-hand information.
“The guy who lives over there said the dude was shot while he was in his car,” said the young man as he pointed toward the spot where several law enforcement officers were gathered. “They said there was a gunshot, then he tried to drive off, and that’s when he wrecked.”
Yellow crime scene tape was put up along two blocks of Brooks Lane and sections of Ann Street and Union Street. APD officers and investigators, at least one Poarch Tribal Police officer and an Alabama State Trooper raced to the scene, sirens blaring, and several other officers in unmarked vehicles were there.
A woman who was inside a nearby residence around 5 p.m. said she heard one gunshot but didn’t realize the extent of the situation at the time.
“I was inside the house, and I heard one gunshot, but I didn’t see anything,” said Neavader Price. “I didn’t know all of this was going on until I came back outside, and they had put the tape up.”
Anyone having information concerning the July 25 shooting is urged to call 251-368-9141.