An Alabama mother was shot and killed and her young son seriously injured, allegedly by the woman's 21-year-old boyfriend who later died by suicide after authorities cornered him in a field during a high-speed pursuit this weekend.
Alex L. Haynes, 21, opened fire on his girlfriend Katlynn M. Jones, 24, and her 4-year-old son, Mason after breaking into her mobile home on April 17, police said
Jones was found shot to death in a Jacksonville mobile home shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday. She’d suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds. Her 4-year-old son had also been shot in the head but survived. The child was transported to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in critical condition, Weaver police said in a statement on Sunday morning.
Detectives discovered signs of forced entry to a window on the home’s back door.
Police had been dispatched to Jones’ home for a welfare check after Haynes’ mother reported her son had confessed to shooting his girlfriend at her residence in Jacksonville, according to police.
Anniston Police Department officers later located Haynes and engaged him in a “high speed vehicle pursuit.” The police chase, which spanned different jurisdictions, was later taken over by the Oxford Police Department. The pursuit ended in Talladega County after Haynes shot himself in a field, police said.
The 21-year-old was transported to hospital but later died. It’s unclear if the weapon Haynes used was the same firearm that killed Jones.
“Our prayers are with the family members of all involved,’' Partridge added.
Law enforcement hasn’t released a motive in Jones’ slaying.
“This has been a difficult day for Weaver,” Weaver Police Department added in the news release.
Weaver Police Department didn’t respond to questions from Oxygen.com about the case on Monday.
The 24-year-old’s neighbors described the young Alabama mother as an “angel.”
“She was a young girl that hadn’t had a chance to even have her life yet,” Lisa McCleary told WBMA-LD.
McCleary said she’s heartbroken for Jones’ family, especially her young son, Mason.
"He’s still going to have to be without a momma that loved him and that was there for him and I pray for her family and I even pray for the boy's family who done it because he had to have some type of mental illness at age 21 to take her life like he did,” McCleary added.
The 4-year-old boy remained in critical condition at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital over the weekend, according to a GoFundMe page set up for Jones’ family.
“Mason is stable at the moment,” Jessica Taylor, the page’s organizer wrote on Sunday. “By stable I mean no better or worse. He is showing small good signs that the neurosurgeon is impressed with but we still have a 48-hour window until we can start truly being able [to] tell if he can possibly fight through this. Please continue praying for our sweet Mason. Miracles can happen.”
Jones attended Alexandria High School, according to her Facebook profile. Her family said they’re currently making arrangements for her funeral.
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