Tuscaloosa authorities investigating the city’s first homicide of 2019

Tuscaloosa homicide investigation

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police responded to a shooting on Beech Street around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say they found a male deceased in a car. He has been identified as 24-year-old Jarvis Deandre Barnes.

“It’s sad that whatever happened got to this point. Anytime you’re having to fire shots in a crowded neighborhood, you have potential for more victims,” said Captain Kip Hart with Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.

The suspect, a 58-year-old man, remained at the scene and was detained. At this time, the suspect is not being charged. Police recovered weapons from the scene.

Police say witnesses told them the suspect had painted a car for the victim and there was a dispute over payment for the services. Police add that investigators will continue processing evident and speak with potential witnesses before announcing possible charges.

Please check back for updates as we gather additional information.

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