Opelika Murder Investigation

March 11, 2013

On 3/10/2013 around 3:10 PM officers of the Opelika Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Cherry Circle in reference to a reported gunshot victim. Upon arrival officers located a black male lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Several witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and then seeing a gray or silver Mercedes speeding from the area. The vehicle was not contacted by officers. The victim was transported to the East Alabama Medical Center for treatment of his injury. The victim was identified as Harvey Pete Sanford, age 39 of Opelika. He was later pronounced dead at the East Alabama Medical Center at 11:35 PM due to his injuries.


Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. The case remains under investigation.