Ashland police chief's condition improving; wife remains in jail
by Rachael Griffin
Ashland police chief’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious since being shot Saturday, a Birmingham hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

The chief, Benny Davis, was shot in his Ashland home Saturday afternoon. Police tape outlined the one-story house on Patty Lane Monday afternoon. Davis is in the Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit at UAB Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday morning.

Davis’ wife was arrested Saturday and was being held on attempted murder charges at Randolph County Jail Tuesday afternoon, a jail employee said. State records show Felecia, 42, has a bond set at $75,000.

Attempts to reach David Martin, Ashland interim police chief, were unsuccessful. The Ashland Police Department is referring all questions to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the case. Charles Dysart, ABI official, asked that questions be held until a press release could be issued. Dysart said investigators were still trying to determine a motive in the shooting. Attempts to reach the Clay County Sheriff’s Office were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Ashland Mayor Larry Fetner said the bullet hit Davis in the side and broke one of his ribs. Davis underwent surgery this weekend to repair his colon; the bullet is still lodged in the police chief’s back, Fetner said. The mayor said doctors were not concerned with the bullet’s location at this time.

Fetner said by phone Tuesday he’s been keeping in touch with the Davis family through the chief’s daughter.

“He’s a little more responsive today than he has been,” Fetner said. “He’s holding his own and he’s still stable.”

Fetner said local police are “plugging along” and continuing to serve Ashland in the absence of their chief.

The mayor said he plans to visit Davis this morning.

“Every report we get sounds a bit better,” Fetner said.

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