June 30, 2016 Share

DeKalb County mourns loss of murdered EMT

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Gregory Bradford Scott, husband to deceased Ashley Lynn Scott, was charged with his wife’s murder

By Tyler Pruett

tyler@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday morning, Fort Payne Police were dispatched to check on the welfare of a female resident at an apartment in the 700 block of 9th St. SE. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Ashley Lynn Scott, aged 25, deceased of apparent gunshot wounds.

Responding officers, along with investigators called to the scene, determined that the woman’s husband, Gregory Bradford Scott, aged 27, was a person of interest in the death. Mr. Scott was subsequently arrested for the murder of his wife. Officers believe a domestic dispute lead to the shooting death of Mrs. Scott.

Mr. Scott was formally charged with the murder of his wife and is currently in the Dekalb County Jail. The suspect’s bond has been set at $1 million.

“Responding officers, investigators, and the Jacksonville State University forensic team all did an outstanding job leading up to Mr. Scott being charged,” Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum said in a statement.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott were employees of Dekalb Ambulance Services. Mrs. Scott was a full-time emergency medical technician (EMT) employed since September 2015 and Mr. Scott worked part-time as an EMT since February of this year.

“It’s been a very somber and stressful day. We’re accustomed to death, but not in an incident of a coworker being a victim of domestic violence in this extreme,” said Mark Ford, Director of Dekalb Ambulance Service.

The company released a statement Tuesday on social media announcing the memorial service for Ashley Scott, and expressing their grief in the face of this tragedy.

“Ashley L. Scott was a full-time EMT for DeKalb Ambulance Service. She was a victim of domestic violence. She touched many lives and will always be remembered in our hearts,” the statement said.

The memorial service was held at W.T. Wilson Funeral Home late Thursday. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders from around the county came to pay their respects and offer condolences to the family.

Scott’s burial will be held in Reed City, Michigan at a later date, according to her obituary.

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