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Media Release 146- Homicide Investigation- 5th Avenue South

Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Friday, June 21, 2024.

The victim has been identified as:

Rufus Brock, (34), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At around 11:05 a.m., South Precinct officers were dispatched to Multiple People Shot at the Oak Tree Apartments located in the 4400 Block of 5th Avenue South.

Officers arrived on the scene when they entered the parking lot and observed the victim and two other adult males suffering from a gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue (BFR) personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased. BFR personnel transported the other victims to UAB Hospital. One of the males suffered life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation suggests the deceased male and the victim in life-threatening injuries were wearing masks when officers made contact with them.

Currently, it appears the two masked men robbed the third victim. During the robbery, a shootout ensued.

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 66 murder investigation of 2024 with 7 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**