UPDATE 8/17/23 11:55 a.m.: The Russell County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest after a 43-year-old Russell County man was found dead in a Dollar General parking lot on Wednesday night.

Russell County sheriffs arrested a 16-year-old man, who is now facing capital murder charges.

The Russell County youth is not being identified, in accordance with a new Alabama law.

The youth was taken into custody by deputies about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night following a brief car chase and crash. The youth was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Russell County authorities are awaiting extradition back to Phenix City where he will be held in the county jail.

The victim is a Hurtsboro resident, Petorey Varner. He was dead on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.

The youth is being charged with capitol murder, attempted murder and potentially faces car theft charges in nearby Macon county.

WRBL will keep you updated.

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) — A man died on Wednesday night following a homicide in Hurtsboro, Alabama.

Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry told WRBL a 43-year-old man was pronounced dead at 11:02 p.m. outside of the Dollar General. He has yet to be identified.

The man’s body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

WRBL will keep you updated.