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Media Release 221

Homicide Investigation

 The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. The incident occurred on Friday night, in the 200 block of 4th Court West in the Elyton Village Housing Community.

The victim has been identified as Leroy Earl Sumlin, (45), b/m, of Birmingham, Alabama. 

At approximately 10:27 p.m. officers from the North Precinct responded to the location on a call of a person shot. Officers arrived to discover a male in the drivers seat  of a vehicle unresponsive. The victim sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.

The preliminary investigation indicate the victim was shot while inside of his vehicle and the car rolled into the building. Additional details of occurrences that lead to this incident are limited. No arrest has been made in this investigation.

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. Simply download the app and submit a tip. Updates will be provided as information comes available.

 This is Birmingham’s 70th  murder investigation of 2021 with 12 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 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**


Media Release 221-Homicide Investigation