The tenant of a Southtown apartment shot and killed a man who invaded his residence Friday night, according to Birmingham police.
A man, later identified as Darius Chatman, 26, of Birmingham, was found dead in the grass in the rear of a Southtown housing development apartment located in the 2500 block of 9th Court South. Officers from Birmingham's South Precinct saw a man standing outside of the 2502 apartment firing a handgun at around 11:38 p.m., police said.
While officers were detaining the man, they saw what appeared to be blood on the front lawn and through the apartment. Officers then saw a man lying in the grass at the back of the apartment. The man, later identified as Chatman, had a bandana over his face and gloves on his hands, police said. Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene. Birmingham police said the preliminary investigation shows Chatman entered the apartment Friday night armed with a handgun and attempted to rob the tenant.
The tenant and Chatman struggled inside the apartment, police said. Chatman shot the tenant in the groin area. Birmingham police said the scene suggests that the tenant then secured a handgun from the apartment and shot and killed Chatman. Police recovered two handguns from the scene. The tenant was transported to UAB Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.
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