Alabaster man charged in Sunday slaying of gas station clerk


ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — A suspect has been arrested in the Sunday slaying of gas station clerk Tracy Algar.

Alabaster police announced the arrested Friday afternoon at a press conference. Police chief Curtis Rigney says the suspect is 43-year-old Michael Anthony Powell. Powell is charged with capital murder–robbery.

The Kirkland Chevron was robbed Sunday morning, and Algar was taken into the bathroom and shot in the top of the head, Rigney said.

Monday, the police released a video of the person of interest. Police credit the community with the quick apprehension of the suspect. Powell was taken into custody early Friday morning after detectives obtained the capital murder warrant. The Alabaster PD tactical response unit and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office entered his home on 3rd Street NE just after 5 a.m. and took him into custody without incident.

“I want to say a very special thank you to all of the citizens that came forward and provided information to help solve this case. We could not have done this without your help,” Rigney said. “Law enforcement officers cannot be everywhere all the time. We must have the active involvement of the community not only to prevent crime but to bring those responsible to justice when it does occur.”

Police say Powell is not cooperating with jail officials, and they have not been able to take a mugshot.

Tracy Algar grew up in Midfield. She was a member of the Connection Church in Pelham.

“She was the best big sister that a girl could ask for she was always there for me,” said Algars sister Nicole Robertson.

Algar’s mother had this to say about Friday’s arrest.

“I am glad if they had the right one. I am glad they got him off the street before he kills someone else’s child,” said Algar’s mother Ann Letty

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