From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
IRONDALE –At Hunter Ridge apartments in Roebuck Plaza, just south of Trussville, police were closing in on the man they believed was responsible for the stabbing death in Birmingham Thursday night, according to Carol Robinson of The Birmingham News.
The suspect, who is the son of the stabbing victim,cut himself as police closed in on him today and was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Police have not yet released the suspect’s name, but said he was bleeding heavily. He was discovered in his mother’s SUV in the very back parking lot of the apartments at about 11:30 a.m.
The suspect had backed his mother’s Chevrolet Equinox into a parking spot. Robinson reported. It wasn’t immediately clear how long he had been there, but Birmingham homicide Lt. Scott Thurmond said that as investigators arrived to the apartment complex off of Gadsden Highway, the suspect got out of the SUV in an attempt to get away.
He was bleeding profusely and collapsed just about four parking spots away. Two of the members of the Crime Reduction Team are trained tactical medics and fully equipped with life-saving gear. They treated the suspect until Irondale paramedics arrived. “They probably saved his life,” said homicide Lt. Scott Thurmond.
Irondale paramedics then took the suspect to UAB Hospital. Evidence technicians have been called, as has a towing service to take the SUV in as evidence.
The stabbing homicide occurred Thursday in the 600 block of 72nd Street South.
According to Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards, the victim has been identified as Roselyn Welton, 47, of Birmingham
Around 10:30 pm, officers from the East Precinct responded to the listed location on a person stabbed. Upon arrival, officers found the victim lying on her living room floor suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds to the body. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue. .
Preliminary investigation revealed the crime appears to be domestic in nature.
“It is very evident that the perpetrator knew this victim and bringing the person responsible to justice, is a priority,” said Edwards.
The victim was found by her relatives who came by to check on her because they had not heard from her in a couple of days.