Teen declared brain-dead following Thursday's shooting in Opelika

OPELIKA, Ala (WRBL) - The family of a Tuskegee teen, who was shot in Opelika, says he will donate his organs to help save others. Meanwhile, Opelika police release new information in the deadly shooting, calling it a tragic incident.

Opelika police say Thursday night, 19-year old Jabbar Combs was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds along Edmon avenue. He was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center for emergency surgery, then admitted to intensive care.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says Combs was pronounced brain dead on Sunday. Combs' mother tells News 3, her son was an organ donor and they are honoring his last wish to save others through is death.  

Monday afternoon, Opelika police released new information on the shooting. They say on Feb. 8th, at approximately 11:15 PM the Opelika Police Department received a 911 call reporting an individual was shot in the 600 block of Edmon Avenue. The person who fired the shots has been identified as Shyrod Jones, 23 years old of Opelika, Alabama.  

The investigation has determined Jones and another person were at their home.  At approximately 11:15 PM, Jones told police he heard loud knocking and banging on his rear door.  Jones armed himself with a firearm due to a previous burglary at his home.  Jones went to the rear door and upon opening the rear door was confronted by a person unknown to him, who happened to be Jabbar Combs.  Jones stated Combs made a furtive movement, which he perceived as a threat.  Jones then fired his firearm.   

Police say after the incident, Jones voluntarily came to the Opelika Police Department to be interviewed and has been forthcoming and cooperative with the investigation. Additional interviews conducted indicate Combs was in the area to visit friends at a nearby residence.

Police say this updated information is being released to dispel any unsubstantiated rumors regarding this tragic event.  The case remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division.  All findings will be presented to a Lee County Grand Jury at some point in the future.  Anyone who may have any additional information on this case is asked to call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220.  You may also call our Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665.  


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