From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
BIRMINGHAM – UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Gene Dacus, 85 of Birmingham.
ORIGINAL: The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to the 2300 block of 33rd Avenue North, according to WIAT, on the report of a person on fire. Officers found the victim, who is described as
an 85-year-old white man, lying on the ground in the backyard of the listed location. He suffered severe burns, and was pronounced dead on the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue.
Witnesses reported seeing a fire in the backyard, and also seeing a black male fleeing the scene with a red gas jug. They followed the suspect and notified the police of his location, so he was located a short distance away and taken into police custody.
Initial investigations indicate there was an encounter between the suspect and the victim, when the victim was doused with gas and set on fire.
The victim’s name will be released pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information should contact the BPD Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.