For Immediate Release
July 3, 2014
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Harris reports the investigation of a shooting in Powell Wednesday. Cecil “Monty” Gant, 44 of Dutton was shot multiple times by a homeowner on Wigley Avenue in Powell. 911 received a call from a man reporting a person trying to get into his residence. The homeowner retrieved a revolver and shot the alleged intruder several times from inside the house. The suspect was able to leave the scene in a car driven by another person. It appears that all three persons involved in the shooting were familiar with each other. A record of ongoing threats and prior reports is being evaluated. The shooting victim was transported to DeKalb Regional where he was treated and air lifted to Huntsville Hospital. His condition was listed as critical at mid-night Wednesday. The shooter was transported to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and offered evidence of the ongoing threats from Gant. The investigation into these events is continuing and the case will likely be presented to a grand jury in the near future. The homeowner was released pending further action or information in this matter.