A 23-year-old man was shot and killed in Fairfield, Alabama, after he used an app to track down his stolen cell phone, Reuters reports. He was taken to a nearby hospital Sunday night after the shooting where he was pronounced dead.
Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis said the (unnamed) tracking app led the victim to a nearby church parking lot. He then reportedly “hit a button on the app that made the phone ring inside a vehicle. When he went to retrieve the phone inside the vehicle, the suspect shot and killed him.”
According to AL.com, the police are still searching for the shooter, but they believe he fled the parking lot in a gold 2015 or 2016 Nissan Maxima. They also told Reuters they believe they have “very good leads” as to his identity.
What concerns police more is the growing trend of people trying to locate cell phone thieves on their own with these tracking apps. Davis advised anyone who loses their phone to “notify police and let them handle the recovering.”