A Saturday night altercation in the 2700 block of West Meighan Boulevard ended with one man wounded and another in jail, apparently after a woman told the shooter she’d been abused by the victim.
Jorge Hernon Zelayas, 28, of Rainbow City, has been charged with first-degree assault. He is being held on $15,000 bond, according to Gadsden Police Sgt. John Hallman.
Police were dispatched at 8:46 p.m. Saturday and learned en route that Alabama State Trooper Aaron Flannery was on the scene with a suspect at gun point, and was rendering aid to the victim.
The victim, a 30-year-old Attalla man, told police he’d been arguing with his girlfriend, a 27-year-old Boaz woman, all day as he followed her to auto parts stores to get parts to fix her car. He then followed her to the gas station on West Meighan, but seeing she was upset with him, he decided to leave.
He left, but when a state trooper vehicle with flashing lights passed him, he got concerned about her safety and returned to find her talking to a man he didn’t know.
The victim told police he believes his girlfriend told the man, later identified as Zelayas, that he’d been abusing her. The victim said he never harmed the woman. He said Zelayas confronted him, cursing at him. The victim told him he was calling police and went toward his truck to get his phone.
The victim said — and a witness confirmed — that Zelayas got in his vehicle and blocked the victim’s truck so he couldn’t leave.
The victim told police the man confronted him again near the front of his truck, again cursing him. As the victim reached in his truck for his phone, he said Zelayas…
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