Homicide investigation begins after man found shot inside his own buisness

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are trying to figure out what led to the death of a Birmingham man who was found inside his own business Saturday afternoon.

Police said they found 40-year-old Thebious Roland inside his Roland’s Auto Works at 600 6th Avenue North.

Birmingham Police said a 911 call of a report of a shooting led them to the discovery of Thebious Roland’s body. When officers responded , they found Roland on the ground, suffering from unknown injuries. Police later confirmed the victim was shot. They do not know the motive for his death.

“I have no answers. I am looking for answers,” said the victim’s father, Dexter Roland.

Roland’s death not only shook the community, but law enforcement as well.

Sgt. Bryan Shelton said Roland was related to one of the officers on the scene.

“As we state a lot of our officers have family members that live in the city of Birmingham, so it’s a reality with live with day to day we pray hope it does not happen to us or anybody,” said Sgt. Shelton.  “Our focus as always will be to find out what happened to the victim and why. Our hope is to bring a sense of closure to Mr. Roland’s family.”

Roland’s cousin Sabrina Johnson said he not only owned the Auto Body shop, but a night club around corner called PH. He had six children.

“He was a loving guy who loved his kids, loved his family, he was a family man,” said Johnson.

“He meant the world to me, everything if that could have been me in there that would have been fine with me. I wish I had been here when it happened,” said Dexter Roland.

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