Birmingham police on Tuesday announced the capital murder warrants against 25-year-old Tavalues Andarius Johnson. Johnson died Nov. 22, 12 days after he was injured in the Nov. 10 incident. The Jefferson County Coroners Office announced dead a couple of hours before police announced the warrants against him.
The shootout happened that Saturday afternoon on Interstate 59/20 in eastern Birmingham. Birmingham police and fire medics responded about 3:30 p.m. to the Shell service station on Oporto-Madrid Boulevard and Fifth Avenue North.
Once on the scene, they found 29-year-old Edward Tyurri Matthews – a passenger in an SUV – suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to UAB Hospitals Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead the next day.
Also Tuesday, Sgt. Johnny Williams said 21-year-old Gabrielle Lashay Moore is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. Moore, Johnson and Webb were all in the gray sedan together, Williams said.
Birmingham police said it appeared it started with shots fired between two vehicles on Interstate 59/20. The SUV then exited the interstate and stopped at the Shell for help. Despite widespread talk on social media that Matthews was found with a bag over his head, police and Jefferson County coroners officials said that report is untrue.
Police have not released a motive in the shootout and subsequent slaying but there had been an ongoing dispute between the two, possibly over a female. Prior to the deadly shooting, police were already investigating Webb for the Metro PCS robberies after receiving several tips following the release of surveillance photos from the holdups.
Birmingham Police have identified three Birmingham residents as suspects in a fatal November 10 shooting near Interstate 59 North.
Edward Tyurri Matthews, 29, died after being shot in the front passenger seat of an SUV on Oporto-Madrid Boulevard North. The shooting stemmed from an altercation with people in another car, which wrecked and fled the scene of the shooting near I-59.
Birmingham Police officers obtained capital murder warrants against Patrick Dewayne Webb, 21, and Tavalues Andarius Johnson, 25, the latter of whom died on November 22 as a result of injuries incurred in the car accident. Webb and Gabrielle Lashay Moore, 21, were arrested for discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.