3 killed were suspect’s brothers; Alleged shooter was in country illegally
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Sheriff's deputies on Saturday guard the entrance to a trailer park in Cleburne County where authorities say Romero Roberto Moya killed his three brothers and injured a 19-month-old boy. (Photo by Paige Rentz/The Anniston Star)
Sheriff's deputies on Saturday guard the entrance to a trailer park in Cleburne County where authorities say Romero Roberto Moya killed his three brothers and injured a 19-month-old boy. (Photo by Paige Rentz/The Anniston Star)
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Three people found shot to death at a Cleburne County trailer park were brothers of Romero Roberto Moya, later shot down by police after a chase and gunfights in which an officer was wounded, authorities said today.

According to Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Dennis Green, Moya shot his brothers Lorenzo Moya, 36, Miguel Moya, 23, Ismael Moya, 17, and a 19-month-old boy - the shooter's son - Saturday morning in a trailer park on Alabama 9 south of Heflin. The search for the shooter led to a police chase west into Oxford, two car crashes, and the injury of a Heflin police officer in a shootout. It ended with Moya killed by police in Coldwater.

The 19-month-old boy was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, the chief investigator said.

Green said police are still investigating the motive behind Moya’s shooting spree.

Moya’s “wife told me he had been doing drugs all night and just went crazy,” Green said. “I feel like there’s something else.”

Authorities said that Moya, after finishing a one-year sentence in Alabama on a cocaine trafficking charge in March was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was deported to Mexico on April 5, said Bryan Cox, an ICE public affairs officer.

“He came back to the country illegally,” Cox said. “We have no record of him entering the country and going through a border inspection.”

Green said Moya remained in Mexico for four months and had only recently returned to Alabama.

Officer recovering

Heflin's interim police chief, A.J. Benefield, said this morning that the injured officer, Jackie Stovall, was "recovering faster than expected. But he still has a long way to go.

Green said he visited Stovall in the hospital Monday morning.

“He’s still in the ICU, but he talked to us and appeared to be doing good,” Green said. “He’s still not out of the woods yet, but doing pretty good.”

Green said the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the Alabama Bureau of Investigations in the ongoing investigation.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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