Mobile County Constable charged with murder

SPANISH FORT, Ala. -A Mobile County constable is charged with murder after police said he shot and killed a man outside a local bar.

The shooting happened at Trader’s on the Causeway sometime after midnight Sunday, July 20.

Larry Sheffield, 68, had nothing to say has he was led from Spanish Fort jail this morning. Police said just a few hours earlier the Mobile County Constable was at Trader’s Bar on the Causeway. That’s where police say he got into an argument with 53-year-old Jeffrey McMillan. The two men went outside where the dispute became physical.

“It started with a verbal argument inside. There may have been a little physical contact inside. It ended up in the parking lot where it did turn physical; and at that point, the suspect produced a weapon and fired one time at close range killing the victim,” Chief Edgar said.

Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar said the two men had never met before and investigators were still trying to determine what sparked the initial argument.

Fox10 News reporter Renee Dials met two of the victim’s adult sons who didn’t want to go on camera. Carter and Will McMillan said their father moved to Spanish Fort about three months ago to care for his elderly mother. The brothers believe it may have been their father’s first time visiting the bar.

They said police had not told them much about what happened that could have lead to the deadly encounter.

Sheffield apparently told police he fired in self defense, but chief Edgar said that doesn’t appear to be consistent with the evidence.

“The investigation that we’ve conducted at this point does not dictate or does not meet that criteria,” the chief said.

Sheffield was elected Constable of Precinct 24 in 2012. The precinct includes the Semmes area where he lives. Darrell Carter, President of the Mobile County Constable Association released a written statement Sunday: “Our standard procedure is to not comment until a complete investigation has been completed. We have faith in the agency that will be conducting the investigation, and we will cooperate when needed with the investigation. Our condolences go out to the family of Jeffrey McMillan.”

Sheffield is expected to have a bond hearing Monday, July 21. He is being held in the Baldwin County Jail.

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