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Police: Man found dead after police respond to shots fired call in Valley

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The Valley Police Department says a 23-year-old was found unresponsive at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning after police were sent to the area on a shots fired call.

VPD says officers arrived at the 1300 block of County Road 196 and found Dalton Alexander Stringfellow, 23, of Salem, unresponsive in a ditch. Police say Emergency Medical Services were unable to revive him.

Police say the cause of death is undetermined and that the body as been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for autopsy.

Police say a second individual, a 27-year-old man who was with Stringfellow, was wounded by some type of cutting instrument. Police say he was treated at the scene but refused further service.

No suspects have been named.

VPD urges anyone with information concering the case to call the Valley Police Department at 334-756-5200 or the Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP, 833-AL1-STOP, or online at

President Joe Biden signed a bill Friday to avert a freight rail strike that he said could have plunged the U.S. into a catastrophic recession. At the White House, Biden signed a measure passed Thursday by the Senate and Wednesday by the House. It binds rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the railroads and union leaders in September but rejected by some of the union workers. The president, for decades a vocal union ally, called it the "right thing to do" given the risks to an economy that is battling high inflation. "The bill I'm about to sign ends a difficult rail dispute and helps our nation avoid what without a doubt would have been an economic catastrophe at a very bad time in the calendar," said Biden, adding that his team helped negotiate a "good product, but we still have more work to do in my view." Members in four of the 12 unions involved had rejected the proposed contract as lacking sufficient paid sick leave. Biden acknowledged the shortcoming as he said he would continue to push for that benefit for every U.S. worker.

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