45-year-old Man Killed in Birmingham House Fire

Birmingham police have identified 45-year-old Deshawn Kahill Murphy as the man found shot to death inside a burning home in west Birmingham on Monday afternoon. Murphy’s dog was also killed in the fire.

According to Birmingham police Sgt. LaQuitta Wade, firefighters responded to a blaze at a home on Willard Avenue S.W. around 12:15 p.m. Monday. When they entered the house, they found Murphy and his dog unresponsive just inside the front door. Both had been shot and were pronounced dead on the scene at 1:23 p.m.

Wade said a friend of the victim was sitting outside the house in a vehicle when an unknown man fired shots at him. The friend then fled the location on foot and sustained a gunshot wound to the side. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It is not clear if Murphy was fatally shot before or after the friend was shot. No arrests have been made in the case.

Murphy’s death is Birmingham’s 122nd homicide this year. Of those, one was an officer-involved shooting by an outside law enforcement agency, and eight others have been ruled justifiable.

In all of Jefferson County there have been 168 homicides, including the 122 in Birmingham.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at 205-254-1766.

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