Coatesville po­lice make ar­rest in mur­der of vet­eran

DA: This case was solved by the courage of wit­nesses

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

COATESVILLE >> With the help of wit­nesses, Coatesville po­lice and Ch­ester County De­tec­tives arrested a Coatesville res­i­dent al­leged to have fa­tally shot an out-of-state vet­eran.

Ch­ester County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tom Ho­gan and Coatesville Po­lice Chief John “Jack” Laufer an­nounced on Wed­nes­day the ar­rest of Sheron “Ryda” Jaeln Pur­nell on Nov. 2 for the mur­der of Kevin Paul Jal­bert.

Coatesville po­lice were dis­patched on Oct. 3 at about 6:39 p.m. to the area of Sixth Av­enue and Bel­mont Street for a re­port of a per­son shot. Upon ar­rival, po­lice found Jal­bert ly­ing on the grass in the 600 block of Bel­mont Street, suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

Po­lice said that they hoped that wit­nesses in the area at the time would come for­ward with information. Chil­dren were among those in the prox­im­ity of what be­came a crime scene.

“This homi­cide took place in a crowded res­i­den­tial area with chil­dren out play­ing in the street,” Ho­gan said. “The death of the vic­tim was sense­less. The de­fen­dant is lucky he did not also gun down an in­no­cent child.”

Jal­bert, 36, of South Carolina, was pro­nounced dead later that night. Jal­bert, a vet­eran, had been treated at the Coatesville Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Caln.

“This type of vi­o­lence is in­ex­cus­able. The good ci­ti­zens of Coatesville are out­raged by a day­time shoot-

ing that en­dan­gers chil­dren,” Laufer said. “The Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment will con­tinue to work to re­duce vi­o­lence in the area.”

Pur­nell, 22, of Coatesville, was arrested for mur­der and other charges. Po­lice said that Pur­nell con­cealed a firearm with­out a li­cense to carry. He was re­manded to Ch­ester County Prison. An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued for Pur­nell on Oct. 31.

“This case was solved by the courage of the wit­nesses who were will­ing to come for­ward and as­sist the au­thor­i­ties,” Ho­gan said. “Com­bined with the hard work of the Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment and Ch­ester County De­tec­tives, this type of co­op­er­a­tion is what Coatesville needs as the city looks to join other Ch­ester County ar­eas that have re­built them­selves.”

The Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice re­leased the fol­low­ing information

Jal­bert walked down the street when he came into con­tact with a group of kids that he yelled at. The kids walked away. When Pur­nell showed up, he re­port­edly en­gaged in a ver­bal con­fronta­tion with Jal­bert.

based on wit­ness ac­counts and video record­ings:

Jal­bert walked down the street when he came into con­tact with a group of kids that he yelled at. The kids walked away. When Pur­nell showed up, he re­port­edly en­gaged in a ver­bal con­fronta­tion with Jal­bert.

They both walked up White Al­ley, where po­lice said the con­fronta­tion re­port­edly be­came phys­i­cal.

Jal­bert was un­armed. Pur­nell re­port­edly pulled out a semi-au­to­matic hand­gun and al­legedly shot Jal­bert sev­eral times, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses and po­lice. Sev­eral adults and kids who wit­nessed it then scat­tered from the scene. Po­lice said they re­cov­ered eight .25 cal­iber shell cas­ings. Po­lice in­ter­viewed sev­eral wit­nesses. Four eye­wit­nesses iden­ti­fied Pur­nell as the al­leged shooter.

Laufer said the po­lice suc­cess­fully solved this case with the co­op­er­a­tion of the res­i­dents who wit­nessed the homi­cide and had the courage to pro­vide information to po­lice, en­abling them to make an ar­rest. There are still three un­solved mur­ders in the city this year.

Laufer asked for as­sis­tance from com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­tinue help­ing the po­lice by com­ing for­ward with information about the re­cent three homi­cides – a dou­ble homi­cide on Sept. 28 fol­lowed by an­other homi­cide a day later on Sept. 29 – that oc­curred the week be­fore Jal­bert was slain. He was the sev­enth per­son mur­dered this year in Coatesville.

Po­lice ask that any­one with ad­di­tional information on this homi­cide or other homi­cides to con­tact Ch­ester County De­tec­tive Kristin Lund at 610-344-6866 or Coatesville De­tec­tive Ryan Wright at 610-384-2300.

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Sheron “Ryda” Jaeln Pur­nell

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