Crime Stoppers January 19: Birmingham man shot in his driveway

Yrral Torrance

Birmingham detectives are working to heat up a homicide case before it turns cold. A Birmingham man was shot in his own driveway on Ellington Street, and Chief A.C. Roper says if you know who did it, there's a way you can speak up while continuing to lay low.

"I'm Police Chief A.C. Roper.{}We refuse to give up on the case of Yrral Torrance because we know there's someone out there who can point us in the right direction.{} It's just a matter of you thinking back and taking a stand for real justice. {}Torrance was 34 years old when he was killed, and he might not have seen it coming. It happened Monday, December 10, 2012. {}Police were called to the 5800 block of Ellington Street. A person was lying in the driveway. It was Torrance. He had been shot. {}A witness said he had been watching television with Torrance. They heard a knock at the front door. When Torrance opened it, several masked men pulled him out of the house and beat him. Then they shot him. Then the suspects went back into his home. and ransacked it as if they were searching for something. {}So that's what we know. Now it's time for you to tell us what you know.

Did Torrance have any enemies? Was anyone angry with him or have there been rumors in the neighborhood about who killed him?

No matter what you've heard, you can trust us. Just dial 205-254-7777. Crime Stoppers will give you a code number, so you will never have to give your name. If there's an arrest based on your tip, you use that code number to claim a cash reward.

We are waiting for answers. The question is whether you will help.

With Crime Stoppers, I'm Police Chief A.C. Roper."

In addition to telephone tips, encrypted tips can be submitted online by going to and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link. Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES.

If you provide information to Crime Stoppers, detectives will never ask for your name, and they will never see your phone number. Instead, you will be assigned a private code number. If your tip is the first to lead to an arrest, you then use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call its tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.