From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham Police Officers responded to a burglary in progress on Tuesday around 3:35 a.m.
The burglary was taking place in the 5200 block of Lewisburg Road, and upon arrival, officers met the homeowner, who said he heard glass breaking and someone yelling and “growling” in his basement. Officers instructed the homeowner to go next door for his safety.
Officers observed several broken windows as they walked around the house, and when they entered the home they observed a male in shorts only, wrapped up in material that looked like the air conditioner duct, according to Lt. Sean Edwards.
Officers gave the suspect verbal commands but he didn’t comply, so they tazed the suspect several times and he continued to resist. Officers closed in on him and handcuffed him.
The suspect was taken outside to await medics.
During the incident, the suspect acted extremely irritated and growled at officers, Edwards said. The suspect was transported to St. Vincent’s South, where he was pronounced dead. It is unknown at this time if he had a previous medical condition, or was under the influence of an unknown substance.
The State Bureau of Investigation was notified and responded to the scene. The case is still under investigation.