Hobson City man who shot girlfriend, himself was on parole for manslaughter
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Johnny Austin Evans
Johnny Austin Evans
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Authorities believe Johnny Austin Evans shot his girlfriend Wednesday before turning the gun on himself.

It was not the first time he’d taken a life with a gun.

Evans, 34, was convicted of manslaughter in 1998 in connection with the 1996 shooting death of Christopher Jackson.

Evans died Wednesday from a single gunshot wound to the head in the backyard of his home on Council Avenue in Hobson City, according to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown. Matthew Wade, chief deputy of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators believe Evans shot his girlfriend, Tuy Kim Truong, 22, of Oxford, twice in his home before shooting himself.

Wade said Truong was able to leave the house and alert neighbors she had been shot. Wade said on Wednesday that Truong was “ambulatory,” meaning she could walk and talk. She was taken to Regional Medical Center and later to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Wade said he did not have updated information on the victim Thursday afternoon, but said she was alive.

As a convicted felon, Evans was prohibited from owning a handgun. Wade said it was still undetermined if the .40-caliber automatic pistol used in the shooting belonged to Evans.

Evans was convicted in 1998 of manslaughter in the shooting death of Christopher Jackson, according to court records available online. He had been charged with murder. Jackson, a 34-year-old Hobson City resident, was shot twice in his back shoulder at his mother’s home on Martin Luther King Drive in September 1996, according to The Star’s archives. Evans was 16 at the time of Jackson’s death.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Evans was released from prison on parole Jan. 7, 2010. His sentence was to have ended in 2015.

Wade said Truong and Evans had a “longstanding” relationship, but that she did not live at the home on Council Avenue with Evans. Investigators are still looking into the incident and no motive for the shooting was known as of Thursday afternoon, Wade said.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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