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Birmingham VA lockdown lifted after murder suspect captured

A woman was shot in the parking lot at Sunlake at Edgewater Apartments in Huntsville, Ala. on Jan. 9, 2020 (TNS)

The man wanted in Huntsville’s first slaying of 2020 has been taken into custody, police confirmed this morning.

Cornett Demetric Evans, 46, was wanted on a warrant charging him with murder. The charge stemmed from a Thursday morning shooting in the parking lot of Sunlake at Edgewater Apartments off Zierdt Road. A woman died after being taken to Huntsville Hospital. Her name hasn’t yet been released.

After the deadly shooting, police searched for Evans, who was reportedly suicidal and possibly traveling to a veteran’s affair clinic. After police received information that Evans might be in Birmingham, VA locations in that city were on lockdown as a precaution.

VA locations in Birmingham and Huntsville will be open for normal business hours today.

“The safety of our Veteran patients, guests and staff is our number one priority,” said Stacy Vasquez, director of the Birmingham VA Health Care System, in a statement. “The steps taken were to ensure we protect those in our care.”

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