On April 29, 2023, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting in Grand Bay, Alabama. Upon arrival, they discovered Oliver Turner, deceased from a gunshot wound. The homeowner, 80-year-old Lee Eubanks, informed deputies that Turner, a friend staying at the residence, had been drinking heavily and behaving belligerently. Turner even attempted to set the house on fire while Eubanks, his niece Michelle Jones, and her 8-year-old daughter were inside.
Jones stated that when she returned home, she noticed Turner’s erratic behavior and found the exterior of the house on fire. After being dragged from her bed and nearly doused in acetone, Jones grabbed her daughter and retreated to her vehicle. She then went back inside to check on her uncle and retrieved her revolver for protection. When Turner advanced towards her, Jones fired in fear for her life, resulting in Turner’s death.
Detectives observed scratch marks on Jones’ neck and minor injuries on her hand, consistent with her statement. Turner had an extensive violent criminal history, including a 2021 arrest for Arson 1st Degree. The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to a grand jury at a later date.
This incident highlights the importance of being cautious when allowing people into your home or agreeing to let them stay. In this case, the homeowner’s decision to let Turner stay put his niece and her daughter in danger. Fortunately, Jones had a firearm and was able to defend herself and her family.
Remember, it’s crucial to be aware of the company you keep and the potential risks that come with it. Always prioritize the safety of your loved ones and exercise caution in your interactions with others, even if they are familiar.