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23-year old Sylacauga man dead as a result of shooting


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Over the weekend, a 23-year old man from Sylacauga was shot and killed, leaving authorities searching for answers regarding the city’s latest homicide.

The Sylacauga Police Department (SPD) is seeking the community’s help in solving the death of DeAnthony Latrell “Zip” Elston.

According to a press release, Elston was found unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday, Sept. 17, after officers responded to shots fired around the Wood St. area at approximately 12:30 p.m.

When they arrived, the first responders located a gray Dodge Challenger with Elston in the vehicle.

Elston was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Talladega County Coroner’s Office. His body will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery for an autopsy.

SPD’s investigation into the death is ongoing. If you have any leads on suspects or extra information on the shooting, you can call the SPD tip line at (256)-249-4716 or Sgt. Chris Vinson at (256)-401-2453.

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