Sources tell FOX10 News Phillip Jones, the brother of Atlanta Falcons receiver and former Alabama star Julio Jones, was the victim of a shooting that happened in Gulf Shores on Tuesday, May 27. According to a relative, Jones’ arm had to be removed due to injuries sustained from the gunshot wound.
Jyon Corbett lives next door to where the shooting happened and said he heard a gunshot go off just before dark.
“A couple of minuets later a bunch of police cars showed up. They were patrolling the yard and making sure it was safe. Brought in the K-9 cars,” Corbett said.
A woman who was at the home spoke with Fox10 News and said she was sitting on the porch with Jones and Sutton Tuesday night.
“He (Jones) and I were fussing and then Mr. Sutton said stop and the gun went off accidentally. He didn’t mean for the gun to go off. It was a shotgun,” the woman explained who asked we not reveal her identity.
The witness said after the gunshot, Jones ran out the door.
“I just heard a bunch of yelling. I was kind of freaked out because it’s my neighbors and we’re good friends with them,” Corbett said.
Jones was taken to South Baldwin Urgent Care and eventually life flighted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
Sutton’s attorney Harold D. Callaway, III released the following statement Wednesday, May 28:
“Mr. Sutton was deeply upset when told about the extent of Mr. Jones’ injury. This was a tragic accident, and he is cooperating fully with investigators.”
The witness said she’s known Sutton for most of her life and described him as a calm quiet man.
Neighbors say they’re shocked by the whole situation.
“It did surprise me because I would never think something like that would happen right next door,” Corbett said.
Sutton is charged with assault. Even though police said they have a suspect, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Gulf Shores Police Department: 251-968-2431.
This is the second shooting within a week involving brothers of the two Atlanta Falcon starting wide receiver duo, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
No word at this time on Jones’ condition.
Update: FOX10 previously posted this story with a photo of a different man named George Sutton. The story has since been updated with a correct photo of the suspect. We apologize for any confusion.