21
April

Death Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Uncategorized

Birmingham, AL 04/21/2018
Sheriff’s Detectives are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in Bayview Lake this afternoon.
At about 4:00 this afternoon deputies were called to the 300 block of Willow Avenue in the Bayview Community to investigate a report of a body being discovered in the lake. A man fishing on the lake discovered the body and had a family member call 911.
Deputies arrived and were taken to the location by boat. The body of an adult male was found on the north side of the lake in the water. The location is accessible only by boat.
Personnel are working to recover the body. Once the body is recovered from the lake it will be taken to the Coroner’s office to determine the cause of death and identity.
The investigation is ongoing.
19
April

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale Announces Implementation of Innovative I.R.I.S.™ Biometric Identification Technology to Improve Identification of Sex Offenders and Inmates

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 04/19/2018

 

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale has announced that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recently became the first law enforcement agency in Alabama to implement the most accurate and innovative biometric technology in the nation for identifying offenders and inmates – I.R.I.S.™.

The Inmate Recognition and Identification System (I.R.I.S.™) enhances the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office capabilities by enabling authorized staff to positively identify a previously enrolled inmates or offenders – using iris biometric technology – in seconds – regardless of where they were originally arrested or enrolled.  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is using the technology to enroll and compare the unique features contained in the human iris against a national database of individuals who have been previously enrolled throughout the country to positively determine their identity in seconds.

In announcing the implementation of this remarkable technology, Sheriff Hale said, “Criminals, including illegal aliens and convicted sex offenders, can make Jefferson County – and communities across America, a dangerous place to live, work and play. Criminals often try to change their identities to avoid accurate identification and prosecution for crimes they have committed. This cutting-edge biometric technology further enhances our ability to keep your neighborhoods and communities safe.”

Citing a current case as an example, Sheriff Hale continued, “Accurate and timely identification of offenders is a fundamental and critical responsibility of every law enforcement officer in the nation.  This system is based on the most accurate biometric technology available, the human iris, and will enable my deputies to positively identify a previously enrolled individual in less than 20 seconds, regardless of when and where they were originally arrested and enrolled in the national I.R.I.S.™ repository.

For example, shortly after implementing the technology, we booked a person who lied to us about their name and date of birth.  With this new technology, we were able to positively identify the person based on a record from Atlanta, Georgia in seconds.  This is a true breakthrough when compared to the time it often takes to positively identify an offender using fingerprint technology.  I am very proud and pleased that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in Alabama to implement and use this technology.”

18
April

Media Alert—Sheriff’s Office Announces Implementation of Biometric Identification Technology

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 04/18/2018

Under the leadership of Sheriff Mike Hale, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been a national leader in using every available resource and technology to closely monitor and track repeat offenders and convicted sex offenders.  Sheriff Hale is committed to keeping neighborhoods and communities safe in Jefferson County.

As part of this commitment, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the state that has implemented the most accurate and innovative biometric technology in the nation for identifying and monitoring convicted sex offenders – SORIS™, and for identifying repeat offenders – I.R.I.S.™.

A press conference will be held tomorrow morning in the Metro Area Crime Center located at 2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. to announce the implementation of this technology at 11:00 am.

Sheriff Hale will be on hand along with Sean G. Mullin, President and CEO, BI2 Technologies to discuss how this new technology will enhance the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to identify inmates and track sex offenders. There will also be a demonstration of system for media personnel.

Media is encouraged to attend. Please call 205-325-5711 to confirm attendance.

18
April

Birmingham Man Charged with Murder

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Ronnie Davis

Birmingham, AL 04/18/2018

A 34-year-old Birmingham man has been charged with murder for his role in the shooting death of 30-year-old Gavan Averhart.

At About 3:20 pm on April 10, deputies responded to a report of shooting complaint on Hillview Lane with one adult male dead in the driver’s seat of a car from an apparent gunshot wound. A second adult male was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

A gun, illegal drugs, and cash were found in the car.

While on the scene, deputies learned of a third adult male who had arrived at an area hospital by private vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. His injuries were not life threatening.

The third male, identified as 23-year-old De’Erin Ward of Center Point, was questioned by detectives. He alleged that the first two picked him up at an apartment complex near the shooting location in order to purchase heroin from him. They drove to Hillview Lane to conduct the transaction. Once there, the pair tried to rob him. The front passenger, later identified as 34-year-old Ronnie Owens Davis of Birmingham, pulled a gun and shot him. He pulled a gun and fired back striking both people in the front seat. A friend picked him up and took him to the hospital.

The deceased was identified as 30-year-old Gavan Jamal Averhart of Bessemer.

Sheriff’s detectives presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Yesterday afternoon an arrest warrant was issued formally charging Davis with Murder under the Felony Murder Rule.

Ronnie Davis was also found to have several outstanding felony warrants for failure to appear in court and probation violations. He was transferred from the hospital to the Jefferson County Jail where he remains with no bond.

Both De’Erin Ward and Ronnie Davis are convicted felons. Detectives will review this case with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to seek federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm during the commission of another felony against both.

17
April

UPDATE—Domestic Violence Shooting Suspect Arrested

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Shooting Update

Birmingham, AL 04/17/2018
 
The 46-year-old man accused of shooting and critically injuring his ex-wife yesterday morning has been arrested.
 
Just before 8:00 yesterday morning deputies responded to a residence in the 300 block of Trenton Street where they found a 45-year-old woman suffering critical injuries. She was taken to an area hospital.
 
Information from the scene is that the victim’s ex-husband broke into the home where she and her children live. The children fled to a neighbor’s home and were not injured. The victim argued with the suspect. He pulled a gun and shot her. The suspect fled the scene in a silver Acura before deputies arrived.
 
The suspect was identified as 46-year-old Dereck Jamaille Walker. 
 
This afternoon detectives obtained arrest warrants formally charging Walker with Armed Burglary 1st Degree and Attempted Murder.
 
At about 2:30 this afternoon detectives received word from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida that Walker was in custody. He surrendered after a traffic stop, confessed to the shooting and told them they could find the gun he used in the glovebox. Dereck Walker was taken to the Escambia County Jail to await extradition back to Jefferson County. 
 
The 45-year-old victim remains on life support in an area hospital.
16
April

UPDATE—Domestic Violence Case is now a Homicide Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Shooting Update

Birmingham, AL 04/16/2018

The investigation into a domestic violence case where a 45-year-old woman was shot by her ex-husband this morning is now a homicide investigation.

Just before 8:00 am this morning deputies responded to a residence in the 300 block of Trenton Street where they found a 45-year-old woman suffering critical injuries. She was taken to an area hospital. The victim identified as Habibba Moneque Walker, died at the hospital shortly after 10:00 am.

Information from the scene is that the victim’s ex-husband broke into the home where she and her children live. The children fled to a neighbor’s home and were not injured. Shortly after the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim as she was attempting to flee out of the back door. The suspect fled the scene in a silver Acura.

Dereck Walker

The suspect is identified as 46-year-old Dereck Jamaille Walker. He is described as a black male who is bald with a beard. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 200 pounds. Walker was last seen driving a silver 1996 Acura TL with Alabama tag 1CM3884.

Law enforcement is actively searching for the suspect. Anyone with information about this case including the whereabouts of Dereck Walker is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

16
April

Accused Drug Trafficker Faces New Charges

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News Update

Birmingham, AL 04/16/2018

36-year-old Candice Cherie Martin of Birmingham was arrested last week for Trafficking Methamphetamine during a narcotics investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs in north eastern Jefferson County.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle Martin had been riding in investigators discovered two notebooks containing the identifying information of at least ten people from Jefferson County. The information included names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and financial documents.

When detectives questioned Martin about the notebooks she said they were hers and that she had the records because she was a tax preparer.

The notebooks were sent to the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigative Unit. The investigator was able to determine that the records were being used by Candice Martin to obtain, loans, credit cards, and fraudulent tax refunds.

Sheriff’s Detectives began contacting the people who were listed in the notebook and learned that they did not know Candice Martin and there was no reason for her to have their financial information.

Detectives presented this information to the District Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued formally charging Candice Martin with Trafficking in Stolen Identities for Financial Gain. The bond in this case was set at $25,000. She remains in the Jefferson County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

16
April

School Safety Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Schools

Birmingham, AL 04/16/2018

Deputies are investigating a social media post that was alleged to have been a threat against Clay-Chalkville Middle School.

On Saturday April 14, deputies were made aware of a social media post that was being shared among students that claimed a student would be bringing a gun to the school today.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division investigated this case over the weekend. At least one student involved has been identified and is being questioned. There could be others involved that altered and re-posted the message.

Investigators have found no credible threat to the school, students, faculty or staff. Once completed, the results or the investigation will be presented to Juvenile Court for a determination of what, if any charges, are filed against those involved.

16
April

Domestic Violence Case

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Shooting

Birmingham, AL 04/16/2018

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic violence case where a 45 year old woman was shot by her ex husband.

Just before 8:00 this morning deputies responded to a residence in the 300 block of Trenton Street where they found a 45-year -old woman suffering critical injuries. She was taken to an area hospital.

Information from the scene is that the victim’s ex-husband broke into the home where she and her children live. The children fled to a neighbor’s home and we’re not injured. The victim argued with the suspect. He pulled a gun and shot her. The suspect fled the scene in a silver Acura before deputies arrived.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

13
April

Homicide Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 04/13/2018

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a homicide in western Jefferson County.

Just before 8:00 pm this evening deputies were called to the Midfield Police Department to investigate a report of a deceased person in a car in the parking lot.

Once on scene deputies located an adult male who was deceased in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The driver remained on scene. It was reported that the victim had been shot in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County.

Initial information is that the driver of the car met with the victim to purchase marijuana. The victim told the driver to pull his car to the dead end of Salina Avenue. According to the driver, when he came to a stop an unknown suspect walked up and shot the victim. The driver then drove to Midfield Police Department for help.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777