Man fatally shot at Birmingham auto repair shop, police say – AL.com

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016

A man was shot dead Saturday afternoon at Roland Auto Works in the Smithfield community of Birmingham, police say.

Birmingham police and a family member confirmed Thebious Roland, 40, was fatally shot at his auto repair shop, Roland Auto Works.

The circumstances surrounding the homicide remain unclear, Sgt. Bryan Shelton said.

Police received a report of a person shot in the 600 block of 6th Ave. North. at around 2:15 p.m.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Roland dead, Shelton said.

Initially, Shelton couldn’t confirm that Roland died from a gunshot wound. He said Roland had visible injuries. 

“Our focus as always will be to find out what happened to the victim and why,” Shelton said in a Saturday evening statement. “Our hope is to bring a sense of closure to Mr. Roland’s family.”

Dexter Roland said his oldest son was killed while working in his car repair shop. He and several other family members and friends were at the scene of the shooting Saturday afternoon, but they had few words to share. 

“He meant the world to me — everything,” he said of his son. “If that could have been me in there (instead of his son), that would have been fine with me.”

As of late Saturday afternoon, Roland said Birmingham police have only told him that his son was killed. They haven’t told him what exactly happened. 

“I have no answers,” he said. “I am looking for answers.” 

The victim is a relative of a Birmingham police officer, Shelton confirmed.

Updated at 9:04 p.m. to include manner of death.

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