homicide investigation

A homicide investigation continues this week in Elba following an early morning shooting at a residence on Putnam Street last Thursday. At 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 16, Elba dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a shooting in the area of Putnam Street. When officers arrived on scene they found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound at the residence of 617 Putnam Street in Elba. The victim was identified at 26-year-old Donta Jaqun Rogers. He was transported immediately by Haynes Ambulance to Medical Center Enterprise, and later transported to Baptist South hospital in Montgomery, Ala. Elba Police Chief Leslie Hussey said his department was notified later Thursday morning that Rogers had died as a result of his wounds. Friday evening, Jan. 17, Chief Hussey said one person had been arrested in connection to this ongoing investigation. With the assistance of the Opp Police Department, Hussey said a female suspect, Yatchauntaneeyah Henderson [street name Breezyy], age 26, of Opp, Ala. was arrested Friday evening and charged with tampering with physical evidence in this investigation. He said Henderson had been considered a witness in this case up until her arrest. Following an interview with Elba Police last Friday evening, Henderson was placed in the Coffee County Jail for her tampering with evidence charge. Jail records show she was released on a $5,000 bond Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18th. “This is a very active homicide investigation,” Chief Hussey said. “Our department has been following up on leads developed during the investigation.” The chief said there have been many rumors as to the participants in this violent act, and each statement has to either be confirmed or refuted. He said this is a very complex and convoluted situation, and investigators will be relying on proven investigative techniques and scientific analysis to help solve this crime, along with information from the public at large. “Anyone that has direct knowledge of this crime is asked to contact the Elba Police Department or their local law enforcement agency,” Chief Hussey said. He also thanked the 12th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Opp Police Department, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Samson Police Department, Kinston Police Department, Geneva Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, the Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for their assistance in the ongoing investigation. According to the Coleman Funeral Home website, visitation services for the family of Donta Rogers will be Friday, Jan. 24, from 12 – 5 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Elba, and funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Mulberry District Association Building, located on Highway 84 W in Elba.

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