Body found in Roebuck apartment fire investigated as homicide; 27-year-old man shot and burned

Birmingham apartment fire being investigated as homicide

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the man found inside an apartment on fire Friday morning.

Ladarrius Jamiel Brooks has been identified as the victim. He was 27 and lived at the apartment. Birmingham police said Brooks had been shot and partially burned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews responded to Watertown Lodge Apartments on Watertown Circle just after 4 a.m. Responders saw light smoke and no visible sign of flames. However, firefighters found a body when they went into the downstairs unit to extinguish any hot spots.

Battalion Chief Jackie Hicks says the fire was started in “multiple spots.”

No arrest has been made.

Anyone who has information about this case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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