Woman found murdered in a Birmingham apartment

Birmingham police are investigating the city's first murder committed in 2010.

This is classified as the city's 2nd homicide, but the first was a victim who was attacked back in December and died in January.

Birmingham police were called to an apartment complex off Pinson Valley Parkway around 3:30 sunday afternoon and within minutes investigators knew they had their first murder scene of 2010.

" We have a deceased female inside one of the apartments," said Sgt. Johnny Williams of the Birmingham Police. "One of the residents arrived home and located the victim lying inside. We're not releasing the cause of death at this time."

Police are saying little else about how the victim was killed or if there was anyone else in the apartment at the time.

Officers handcuffed a man at the scene, but were quick to point out they've made no arrests.

"Right now no one's been placed under arrest at this point," Williams said. "We do have a witness that we're interviewing, but no one's been placed under arrest at this point."

As anxious neighbors looked on, homicide investigators poured over the scene and the police department's spokesperson reflected on the city breaking a streak of more than a month without a homicide being committed.

"These type situations here is out of police control," Williams said. "It's inside the residence and we can't really control this. It's a tragic situation and we hope to bring the person to justice as soon as we can."

Police say they won't release more information about the identity of this victim until they can notify the victim's family.