An Elkmont man is dead after a shooting that occurred Thursday evening following an altercation that arose apparently concerning a years-long property dispute, said Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young.
William Brantley, 60, was shot to death near the intersection of Rooker Lane and Oak Grove Road about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Kenneth Adams was identified as the man who shot Brantley, Young said.
Deputies and investigators responded to the scene, began processing evidence and interviewing witnesses and Adams.
Both subjects were determined to be armed at the time of the altercation, Young said. Investigators are still in the process of interviewing all who were present to ensure all accounts are recorded. They are also continuing to process evidence collected from the scene.
The body will be sent for autopsy.
“We expect that the results of the investigation will be presented to a grand jury for consideration,” said Sheriff Mike Blakely.
WAAY 31 spoke with neighbors about the fatal shooting.
“I heard about six gunshots," Emily Jackson said. "My first reaction—because it sounded like it was just right in our front door—I ran to get my grandchild.”
Emily Jackson was about to sit down for dinner Thursday night but was waiting for her husband, Greg, to walk in from work. That's when she heard gunshots.
“I was prepared to look out the door, because my first concern was that it was my husband," she said. "I was afraid it was just a random shooting and that a stray bullet might’ve hit him.”
Jackson ran to the front door. That’s where her husband met her and told her to call 9-1-1. She also called her daughter, Katie, who wasn’t home at the time.
“It was really muffled," Katie Jackson said about the phone call. "The first thing I heard was 'Someone’s been shot. Greg.' So, I thought it was my dad and I immediately started crying and panicking.”
“When I saw my husband and I knew he was okay, my heart just sank, because someone else’s husband and father had just been shot and killed right outside our home," Emily Jackson said. "We could see from the porch the man laying there.”
That man was Allen Brantley. According to investigators, both he and the suspected shooter, Kenneth Adams, were armed.
Investigators say it’s unclear at this point if the shooting was in self-defense.
Either way, Emily Jackson said she’s keeping Brantley’s family in her thoughts and prayers. But she will also be keeping a closer eye on her surroundings after this terrifying ordeal.
“We’ve been told it’s kind of an ongoing dispute," she said. "You worry about that being in your back door. So, yes, you worry about your safety.”