LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – A Valley man has been killed after an alleged fight turned deadly outside a Lee County bar and grill. Investigators say a suspect has been detained but has not been arrested.
Lee Co. Sheriff Jay Jones tells News 3 the victim has been identified as 27-year-old Sidney Austin Harmon of Valley. The Sheriff says Harmon appeared to have been stabbed once in the chest.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms to News 3 Harmon was pronounced dead at the scene, around 1:30 AM Saturday morning.
Sheriff Jones says Harmon was killed during an altercation outside the Circle W Bar and Grill locates along Lee Road 379.
Investigators have spoken with several witnesses who say the alteration began inside the bar and grill, then spilled out into the parking lot outside.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office releases the following statement Saturday afternoon, an arrest is not mentioned:
At approximately 1:30 AM this morning, 7/20/2019, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to an altercation at the Circle W Bar in the 13000 block of Lee Road 379 in Valley. Upon arrival by deputies, they found 27-year-old Sidney Austin Harmon, of Valley, with no signs of life and CPR being performed on him by bystanders. EMS arrived and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:01 AM. It appears that Harmon had suffered a possible stab wound to the chest. It is unclear at this time as to what transpired leading up to the altercation and exactly how many were involved. There was another reported injury to an individual that was taken to EAMC Lanier Hospital in Valley with non-life-threatening injuries. Harmon’s body will be taken to the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination. The incident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroner’s Office and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones says a suspect has been identified, but as of Saturday morning has not been arrested as investigators try to determine exactly what happened.
The bar and grill lists a Valley address, but falls under Lee County Sheriff jurisdiction.
Stay with News 3 as we continue to follow this developing story.