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Media Release 124- Homicide Investigation- RAJ Boulevard North

Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

The victim has been identified as:

Jerry Bailey, (32), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At around 7:25 p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a Person Shot call in the 3500 Block of Raj Boulevard North.

Officers arrived on the scene and then observed the victim lying unresponsive on in a grassy field suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.

The preliminary investigation suggests the victim’s girlfriend shot him during a domestic disturbance. She was taken into custody on the scene.

The suspect has been identified as:

Jamela Melton, (28), B/F, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham Police Detectives presented case information to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. After an assessment of the information, detectives obtained a warrant for Capital Murder (Suspect inside a vehicle) on Jamela Melton.

Jamela Melton will be in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail where she will be held with No Bond.

Anyone with information on the case, please contact B.P.D.’s Homicide Unit @ 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 205-254-7777.

Crime Stoppers pays tipsters cash rewards of up to $5,000 for their tips.

This is Birmingham’s 55 murder investigation of 2024 with 5 justifiable death rulings.

The Birmingham Police Department adheres to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines for all law enforcement agencies across the United States. FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines do not require law enforcement agencies to include justifiable death investigations in the total homicide investigations counts.

**The information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**