District Attorney’s Office rule shooting death of victim in 4th avenue alley justified; self-defense

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT): UPDATE 6/14 7:09 AM: An unidentified suspect turned himself into police and admitted to killing the victim, according to Sgt. Bryan Shelton. The suspect stated he shot the victim in the alley after the victim attempted to rob him.

After the confession, the suspect was placed on a hold at the Birmingham City Jail. The shooting was justified by the District Attorney’s Office and he has since been released due to acting in self-defense.


A homicide investigation is being conducted after officers found a person shot to death in the alley of 4th Ave. South, per Sgt. Bryan Shelton.

At 11:58 A.M. Sunday, officers from the East Precinct responded to the call at the 7800 block of 4th Ave. South (alley) on a person down. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, whom they have identified as Jonathan Ringstaff, 32, lying near the alleyway behind a home on 4th Ave. South. The victim appeared to have been shot and was pronounced deceased on scene.

“It’s unfortunate a family now has to start their week planning a funeral. We will work hard to piece together what happened to the victim and help bring the family some closure,” says Shelton.

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