19-year-old in custody in connection to deadly shooting in Leeds

By Erica Thomas, managing editor

LEEDS — A 19-year-old is being held in the St. Clair County Jail, in connection to the shooting death of a teen in Leeds.

Anthony Widner, of Leeds, was booked into jail at 4:33 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Detectives located Widner hours after the shooting incident. Detectives are now working to obtain a warrant for a murder charge against Widner.

The shooting happened on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

Anthony Widner. Photo: St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said James Brody Sargent, 19, of Irondale, was shot in the 1000 block of King Forest Drive.

Leeds Police responded to a call at 9:51 p.m., of shots fired. By the time first responders arrived on the scene, Sargent had already been taken to Grandview Medical Center, by private vehicle.

Sargent was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 10:42 p.m.

Leeds Police Chief Jim Atkinson said the shooting happened after the victim exited a vehicle and attempted to approach the suspect. Atkinson said the incident is likely drug-related.

Widner is not yet officially charged with a crime and is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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