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Pregnant woman murdered in Scottsboro. First responders, medical staff saved her baby’s life

Scottsboro police say a car containing a murder victim and a suspect was found here on Wednesday.

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Posted: Feb 10, 2021 10:51 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 6:06 PM

A child rescued from its mother’s womb after she was murdered Wednesday morning is now being cared for at Huntsville Hospital.

The Scottsboro Police Department says Amber Michelle Coffman, 35, of Hollywood appears to be the victim of a murder/suicide.

Coffman was eight months pregnant and taken to Highlands Medical Center in an attempt to rescue her unborn child.

Through the actions of first responders and medical staff at Highlands the child was born and then transported to Huntsville Hospital for further care, police said.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus explained that when they arrived paramedics and firefighters were able to perform CPR on Coffman in an effort to keep blood flowing to save the baby.

Coffman was then taken to Highlands Medical where the less than 4 pound baby was born. 

Police said they got a call about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday about a suspicious vehicle stopped in the roadway at Maple Avenue and N. Houston Street.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered that both occupants of the vehicle appeared to have suffered fatal gunshot wounds and were deceased, police said.

Owen Deangelo Williamson, 33, of Hollywood has been identified as the suspect in the murder who then killed himself, police said.

The motive is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

People who live nearby explained to WAAY31 that the shooting is within walking distance of many loved ones of the victim and suspect. They say the area is a tight-knit community. 

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