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February 23, 2024

Birmingham Tragedy: Man and Dog Found Dead in Burning Home

Birmingham, AL – Authorities are investigating a tragic incident that occurred on Monday afternoon, in which a man and his dog were found shot to death inside a burning home in western Birmingham.

The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service and Birmingham police responded to a blaze in the 4400 block of Willard Avenue S.W. around 12:15 p.m. Upon entering the house, firefighters discovered the victim and his canine companion unresponsive just inside the front door. Both had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Sergeant LaQuitta Wade stated that a friend of the victim was present outside the house in a vehicle when an unidentified individual opened fire on him. The friend, who sustained a gunshot wound to the side, fled the scene on foot and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The exact sequence of events remains unclear, and investigators are working to determine whether the victim was shot before or after the friend was attacked. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

The unidentified victim represents Birmingham’s 122nd homicide of the year. Of these, one was an officer-involved shooting perpetrated by an outside law enforcement agency, and eight others have been ruled justifiable.

Throughout Jefferson County, a total of 168 homicides have occurred, including the 122 in Birmingham.

Anyone with information pertaining to this tragic event is urged to contact homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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