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Major law enforcement action earlier part of search for murder suspect

Edward Leon Bush, Jr

UPDATE (7:48 p.m.) – ALEA has released the following statement regarding the hunt for Edward Leon Bush, Jr., wanted for murder and vehicle theft. The release appears to indicate authorities may believe Bush is in or near Hale County.

At the request of the Hale County Sherriff’s Office, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), are issuing an advisory to the public relative to Edward Leon Bush Jr., 22, of Greenwood Miss. Bush is a 5”9 145 lb. black male with brown eyes and black hair. Bush was involved in a vehicle theft that occurred on Sept. 1, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m. in Hale County. Bush was last seen wearing dark pants and a white t shirt near the intersection of U.S. 80 and Dallas County 45, in Dallas County. Bush is currently wanted for murder in Mississippi and is considered armed and dangerous.
The public is encouraged not to approach Bush, however if seen, contact the Tuscaloosa Highway Patrol Post at (205) 553-5531. Please see the attached photo of Bush.

ORIGINAL STORY (3:40 p.m.) A major law enforcement action appears to have taken place this afternoon in Marion Junction. At 2:40 p.m. the Herald received reports of a heavy law enforcement presence concentrated at the building known locally as Rogers Country Store. The store is at the intersection of the Turner-Jackson Memorial Highway/Dallas County Road 45 and U.S. Highway 80. 

Numerous law enforcement vehicles, both marked and unmarked, were parked at the location as of 3:40 p.m. and had stopped traffic on the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 80. 

Vehicles and agencies that could be seen on hand included Alabama Law Enforcement Agency—both State Troopers and other state law enforcement—as well as Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, along with numerous unmarked vehicles. 

Many officers on the scene were dressed in tactical gear. Some wore insignia indicating they were part of a K-9 unit. 

Representatives of both ALEA and Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said they could provide no further information on the apparent action at this time.