Good Samaritan Says After He Helped Jump Start Car That "Out Of The Blue" He Was Shot 5 Times

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Conner Lewis Bell
Conner Lewis Bell

A Good Samaritan said he helped jump start a car, then "out of the blue" he was shot five times.

However, Conner Lewis Bell told police in a second statement that Jeffrie Chambers pushed him after helping him. He said the pair scuffled before any shots were fired.

Charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault were bound to the Grand Jury against Bell, 22. 

In the same bizarre incident on Jan. 8, police said Bell got into the shooting victim's Dodge Ram, sped around the neighborhood, then hit a parked vehicle and badly injured his wife. Prosecutor Carl Huskins said the wife, Chesney Bell, almost lost her leg.

No charges have been brought against Conner Bell in the incident with his wife. Detective Corey Stokes said she obtained a lawyer and has declined to cooperate with police.

Jeffrie Chambers said he was in the vicinity of Kilmer Street and E. 5th Street to drop off his son at his mother's house. 

He said just after doing so he was driving on Kilmer when a man he had never seen before flagged him down. He said the man asked him for a boost and he agreed to help. He said he positioned his truck in front of the man's Hyundai and got the car going after revving up the truck.

The witness said during the boost that the pair exchanged pleasantries. He said he told the man the problem could be his alternator. He said he gave the man his phone number and offered to come back to help if that proved to be the problem. He said Bell told him he worked at Regions Bank.

He said he had just put the hood down on his truck when he saw the man with a revolver in his hand. He said two shots were fired that went into his left arm. He said he struggled to get the gun and was shot twice more in the hand.

Then he said he began to run but was shot in the back of the head. He said he fell momentarily to the ground, "but I pushed myself up. I did not want him standing over me with the gun."

Mr. Chambers said he ran to a nearby house and a woman let him in. He said he then heard the shooter driving off in his truck. He said he circled the block at speeds up to 70 mph. He said he "went flying down Kilmer, then back up E. 5th real fast." He then slammed into a parked vehicle, damaging the truck.

The witness said he had to have two surgeries and is due for more.

Detective Stokes said the call he got was "chaotic. It was a pedestrian struck, a shooting and a carjacking. It was really convoluted."

He said pieces of Bell's hair were found in the windshield of the Dodge Ram.

The detective said Bell "seemed real shaky and nervous."

He gave one statement in which he denied driving the truck, then admitted it after coming in again with attorney Bryan Hoss.

Judge Gary Starnes presided at the hearing.

 


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