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Media Release 16- Arrest Made in the Zion Taylor Homicide Investigation

Arrest Made in the Zion Taylor Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives have obtained a warrant for an arrest in connection to the murder of Zion Taylor. Zion Taylor was shot and killed on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in the 1700 Block of Avenue I.

The suspect has been identified as:

Ricky Glover, (39), B/M, of Lehigh Acres, Florida. 

On Thursday, January 4, 2024, 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 (Shooting into a Vehicle).

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, with the assistance of BPD’s Crime Reduction Team, took the suspect into custody in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

On Thursday, January 25, 2024, Ricky Glover was booked into the Jefferson County Jail; he has No Bond.


Homicide Investigation

(Media Release 248-2023)

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

The victim has been identified as:
Zion Kewayne Taylor (24), B/M, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At approximately 1:33 p.m., West Precinct officers were responding to a ShotSpotter notification. While en route, the call was updated stating a male had been shot at 17th Street Ensley and Avenue I.

Officers arrived on the scene and observed an adult male unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

The preliminary investigation suggests the victim and an unknown male were involved in a verbal altercation, the unknown male shot the victim and left the scene.

There is no one in custody.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 205-254-7777.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Birmingham Police Department’s Mobile App on Android or IOS devices. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

This is Birmingham’s 112th murder investigation of 2023 with 8 justifiable death investigations. The Birmingham Police Department adheres to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines set 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**