Police surround Bull Market Sunday night following the murder of an employee.

The Covington Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a man at Bull Market on Christmas Day.

Adel A. Elrafei, 57, of Ripley, was found unresponsive by customers at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday. Police said he was found near the counter where the cash register was opened and  an undetermined amount of property was missing. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy will be performed and the case is under investigation. Police encourage anyone with information to come forward.


 “We are asking citizens to contact the Criminal Investigations Division if they have any information in this case,” said Chief Donna Turner. “If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity or went into the store between the hours 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, please contact detectives who are trying to piece together the final hours before the murder.”

If anyone has information in the incident, please contact the CPD Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-1261. Tips can be sent through Facebook messenger Covington Police Department or the City of Covington website. 

Turner said the department extended its thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family.

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