BREAKING: UA basketball player among two men charged with Murder in deadly shooting on The Strip

Darius Miles And Michael Davis

UPDATE:  Two men are under arrest charged with Capital Murder in the deadly shooting of a 23-year-old woman.  Jack Kennedy, Commander of Tuscaloosa’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) said one of the men is former University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles. His profile has since been removed from the university’s website. Miles, age 21, was a student, at the University of Alabama and was a member of the basketball team until this Sunday.

Ua Athletics Statement Regarding Arrest Of Darius Miles

The other man charged in this case is Michael Lynn Davis, age 20, from Charles County, Maryland.  Davis is not affiliated with the University of Alabama.

The University of Alabama Athletics Department sent this statement to WVUA 23.

Tuscaloosa Police (TPD) and University of Alabama Police Departments (UAPD) responded to a shooting along The Strip shortly before 2:00 a.m. Sunday. VCU was called in a short time later.

Crime Scene 12“After processing the scenes, speaking with multiple witnesses, and viewing video surveillance, two suspects were identified.  They were located and interviewed.  One suspect was struck by gunfire,” said Kennedy.

Investigators say the shooting happened behind the Houndstooth Bar located on The Strip at the corner of Grace Street and University Blvd.

“It appears, at this time, that the shooting was the result of an argument that occurred between the victims and the suspects after they encountered each other along The Strip,” Kennedy said.

The victims took off driving down University Blvd in a black Jeep. They flagged down a UAPD officer at the Walk of Champions for help. 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, of Birmingham, wJamea Jonaeas already dead in the passenger seat of the Jeep. She was not affiliated with the University of Alabama. The driver reported that his vehicle had been shot into, and that he had returned fire in self-defense, and may have struck a suspect.

Both families of the suspects were there while their sons were being walked from the station into a police car in handcuffs.  Davis remained silent.  Miles teared up and spoke to his family briefly say, “I love you more then you can imagine.”

Miles and Davis are both charged with Capital Murder and are in jail without bond.


A 23-year-old woman is dead following an early morning shooting on the Strip near the University of Alabama campus. Jack Kennedy, Commander of Tuscaloosa’s Violent Crime Unit said the woman was shot while inside the vehicle. The vehicle at the time of the shooting was on Grace Street near the intersection of University Boulevard.

“The driver of the victim’s car drove along University Blvd until it encountered a UAPD officer and stopped for help,” Kennedy said.

VCU and members of the University of Alabama Police Department confirm a suspect is in custody for Sunday morning’s shooting on The Strip. According to a release the suspect in custody is the only suspect in the case. They said the information initially provided about a second suspected shooter was incorrect.

UAPD confirms a vehicle carrying a shooting victim stopped on University Blvd in front of the Walk of Champions. The streeCrime Scene 3t was closed for several hours overnight as police conducted their investigation. They say neither the victim or the suspected shooter are members of the UA community.

The Tuscaloosa County’s Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) is investigating the incident. Capt Jack Kennedy, commander of the unit, said the Tuscaloosa Police Department and UAPD officers were dispatched to The Strip at about 1:45 a.m.

“There is a suspect in custody. There is no reason to suggest there is any danger to the surrounding area,” said Kennedy. “The investigation is ongoing and active at this time.”

Investigators continue to speak with several witnesses. They say more details will be released at it becomes available.

Stay with WVUA 23 News for any updates on this developing story.


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