The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 18, 2006

Local shooting suspect arrested in Tenn.

By Amelia A. Pridemore

A Bradley man wanted for a March shooting at a Daniels nightclub is in custody in Tennessee, police reported.

Jeffrey Herbert Alden, 25, was arrested Monday night in Chattanooga, Tenn., said Detective Dave Stafford with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

Alden is wanted by the sheriff’s department on charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment for the March 12 shooting of Adam French, 31, of Narrows, Va., outside Club Extreme, Stafford said. The sheriff’s department and the Raleigh County prosecutor’s office are now working to have Alden extradited to Raleigh County, which could happen in the next couple of weeks.

The two had argued about a woman while inside the club before the incident, according to the sheriff’s department. Alden allegedly fired two shots with a .38 caliber handgun outside the club — one of which struck French in the abdomen — after French refused to fight. French then sped away from the club as Alden allegedly fired three more shots at his vehicle.

Alden then reportedly hitched a ride to the McDonald’s in Beaver and fled, according to the sheriff’s department.

In reporting the circumstances of Alden’s arrest, Stafford said about 6 p.m. Monday the sheriff’s department received an anonymous tip about Alden’s whereabouts from Crime Stoppers. The department followed up on the information and contacted the Chattanooga Police Department.

Detectives there were given the information the Raleigh County authorities had, and they later took Alden into custody without incident at a bus terminal, Stafford said. When Alden was arrested, he was getting ready to board a bus for Nashville, Tenn.

“We don’t know what his intentions were from there,” Stafford said.

Stafford said he had recently spoken with French, who is no longer hospitalized and is doing well.

Stafford also wanted to thank the public for information that led to another fugitive’s capture.

“Once again, the public pulled through for us,” he said.

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