Suspect arrested after 21-year-old woman found dead in Tuscaloosa apartment

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Eric Hayward (Courtesy/Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit)

July 20, 2020 Update – The suspect in the shooting death of a 21-year-old woman in Tuscaloosa has been arrested.

Monday, the Violent Crimes Unit continued seeking the suspect, Eric Hayward, in the murder investigation.

Among other actions taken, regional bulletins were sent out to law enforcement throughout the southeast. Tuscaloos Violent Crimes Unit was notified Monday night that Hayward had been taken into custody by a law enforcement agency within the state of Mississippi. (Ridgeland Police Department).

The murder of Leonna Tucker is still under investigation.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa police officers are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman at an apartment complex Sunday.

Around 3:45 p.m., officers were called to The Grand at Rum Creek Apartments off Highway 69 South on a call of a shooting. Officers arrived and found a woman dead inside her apartment suffering a gunshot wound, Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit reports.

The victim was identified as Leonna Tucker.

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating and the Tuscaloosa Major Crimes Response Unit has responded.

After investigation, a warrant was obtained on Eric Markett Hayward, 23, of Tuscaloosa, for murder.  Hayward is actively being sought by police at this time.

Anyone who has any information to his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, or their local law enforcement

Check back for updates.


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