UPDATE: TEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER TUESDAY SHOOTING

A 16-year-old boy is facing murder charges after a 22-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said this afternoon they are charging Deramus Devalle Harris with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in relation to the shooting death of Darrieon Dees.

Witnesses told authorities Harris and Dees were driving down Fosters Ferry Road when they encountered three other teens walking along the road. Harris had previous issues with at least one person in the group, witnesses said.

Dees and Harris turned onto 24th Street and parked, armed themselves with pistols, walked toward the group and began firing.

At least two of the three teens were also armed with guns, and they fired back at Harris and Dees. Dees was struck and killed during the exchange.

Investigators said they believe Harris was the primary instigator of the confrontation that led to Dees’ death. The three counts of attempted murder Harris faces are related to the three people he was firing at.

The two other teens, both 16, who were armed are being charged with being persons forbidden to possess a pistol and were placed in juvenile detention.

Harris is charged as an adult and will be held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending $230,000 in bonds.


A 16-year-old is facing charges after a man was found shot to death Tuesday afternoon.

It happened near the intersection of 24th Street and Fosters Ferry Avenue. When police arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Darrieon Dewayne Dees of Tuscaloosa in the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 16-year-old was charged with a weapons offense and was placed in juvenile detention. Because of his age and the nature of the offense, his name is not being released at this time.

Investigators said they’ve identified several other people who were in the area at the time of the shooting, and are still attempting to locate and interview those people.

If you have any information about the shooting, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.

Investigators said this is still an active investigation and further information will be released later.


The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating after a man was shot to death today.

It happened at the intersection of 24th Street and Fosters Ferry Road.

Police have not released any information on the suspect or victim at this time.

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