Alabama pedestrian killed for crossing the road too slow

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. — An Alabama man was shot and killed apparently for walking too slowly, according to local reports.

Johnarian Travez Allen was shot eight times on Thursday evening in Union Springs, a small town about 45 miles outside of Montgomery, WSFA 12 reported.

Police responded to the scene at a gas station on Underwood Avenue. The shooter, later identified as Jeremiah Wesley Penn, 22, had already fled but law enforcement says he quickly sought out a sheriff’s deputy friend to whom he turned himself in.

That’s when Penn confessed, according to Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson.

Penn reportedly said he shot Allen because the 29-year-old was taking too long to cross the street, according Jackson.

Jeremiah Wesley Penn (L) has reportedly confessed to fatally shooting Johnarian Travez Allen (R). The apparent motive, according to Union Springs police, stems from Allen crossing a road too slowly. (Source: Union Springs Police Department)

Authorities believe that Penn got out of his vehicle and engaged in a verbal altercation with Allen, ABC 3340 reported. Shortly after that, Penn shot Allen multiple times.

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Penn is being held on a capital murder charge in the Bullock County jail.


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