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Media Release 202

Homicide Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. The homicide occurred on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

The deceased victim has been identified as Javanna Cotton Owens, (71), B/F, of Birmingham, Alabama.

At approximately 9:05 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to 546 Brussels Circle on report of a person shot. Officers arrived on the scene and observed the victim lying unresponsive in the roadway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the location and transported the victim to UAB Hospital. The victim succumbed to her injuries at UAB Hospital.

The preliminary investigation suggest the victim was walking down the street and approached a vehicle as if she knew the occupant(s). At this time an occupant of the vehicle fired a single shot striking the victim. The vehicle then drove away. With the assistance of FLOCK LPR Cameras, the suspect’s vehicle was located. An arrest has been made in connection to this homicide. Additional updates will be provided.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama @ 205-254-7777 or the Birmingham Police Department’s Homicide Division @ 205-254-1764. Updates will be provided as additional information come available.

This is Birmingham’s 72nd homicide of 2020 with 12 justifiable death investigations and 1 non-criminal homicide (accidental shooting). 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 into 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**