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Homicide Investigation Update / Reclassification

The Birmingham Police Department reports that detectives have received a ruling in connection with a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Monday January 13, 2020 at approximately 2:03 a.m.

The victim has been identified as:

David Franklin Lee, B/M, 37, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Officers from the South Precinct responded to a call of a person shot at 901 Coosa Street. Upon arrival, officers located the victim unresponsive suffering from a gunshot wound lying inside the private club. Birmingham Fire and Rescue reported to the scene along with the Jefferson County Coroner and pronounced the victim deceased on the scene.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation when he was shot by an unknown suspect. There are no suspect(s) in custody. This is an ongoing investigation. Additional details will be provided as they come available.

BPD Homicide Investigators presented the information gathered on the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office for review. Following the assessment of the information, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office ruled the actions of the subject involved were justified as defense. This investigation is reclassified as Justified Death.

There will be no criminal charges to follow.

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