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Man killed on first night on job at manufacturing facility

Dexter Rashad Walker – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Carol Robinson


Gunfire erupted inside an east Jefferson County manufacturing facility overnight, leaving one man dead and another in custody.

The deadly shooting happened shortly after midnight at Samuel Associated Tube Group on Red Hollow Road, just off Pinson Valley Parkway.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies and fire medics responded to the facility initially on a report of a person shot. They arrived to find the victim, John Eric Cole, 29, of Birmingham, shot multiple times in the back.

Cole was pronounced dead on the scene inside the building. Authorities said it was his first day on the job.

The suspect fled, but deputies were quickly able to determine his identity from witnesses and a lookout bulletin was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

However, the suspect quickly returned to the facility, driven there by a woman. He was taken into custody and handcuffed.

Sgt. Joni Money identified him as 34-year-old Dexter Rashad Walker. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Witnesses told investigators both men were employees of the business, though it was the Cole’s first day on the job.

The circumstances surrounding the reason for the shooting are still under investigation.

The company converts carbon steel coil into mechanical or structural tubing, and employees roughly 200 people.

One man was killed and another detained after gunfire erupted inside Samuel Associated Tube Group manufacturing facility in eastern Jefferson County.

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