MADISON, Ala. — UPDATE: The victim in the recent Lawson's Ridge shooting has been identified as 26-year-old Courtney Spraggins from Trion, GA.
The Madison County Coroner's Office says that the autopsy confirmed the cause of death as the result of a fatal gunshot wound and that she was pregnant at the time of death. The manner of death was ruled homicide.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help her family with funeral expenses.
A death investigation involving an off-duty Huntsville police officer is underway. The officer has been charged with Capital Murder and is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond. He is alleged to have shot Spraggins, who was pregnant, while she was in a vehicle.
David McCoy, 28, of Madison, was arrested by agents with the State Bureau of Investigation. The SBI's involvement was requested by the Huntsville Police Department, and SBI will handle the investigation. Findings from that investigation will be turned over to the Madison County District Attorney's Office.
According to a statement from Huntsville Police:
The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) has requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) lead a death investigation related to an incident on Lawsons Ridge Drive that occurred Friday, Jan. 7.
The investigation involves an HPD officer, who was off duty at the time of the incident. HPD has placed the officer on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Any additional information about the case will be released by SBI.
The State Bureau of Investigation released a statement that says:
On Friday, Jan. 7, at the request of the Huntsville Police Department, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) responded to a death investigation at approximately 11 a.m. at Lawsons Ridge Drive in Huntsville.
SBI Special Agents arrested and officially charged David McCoy, 28, of Madison with Capital Murder. McCoy, who is an officer with the Huntsville Police Department, was off duty at the time of the incident.
Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing. Once complete, the findings will be turned over to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office. ALEA would like to thank the Huntsville Police Department for their cooperation throughout the investigation.
According to booking information for the Madison County Jail, McCoy is being held on "No bond" on a charge of Capital Murder of Person in a Vehicle.