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      Crime Stoppers March 22: Andrew Coleman lost his life in 2005

      Andrew Coleman

      It's been almost a decade since Andrew Coleman lost his life. Police say it's time to close this case. That's why they're calling on you. Think back to what happened in 2005, and if you have the answers, speak up.

      Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper has tonight's unsolved homicide.

      "I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

      We know a few details about the final moments of Andrew Coleman's life. But it's up to someone from the public to offer the missing clue that will bring his killer to justice.

      Back in 2005, officers responded to the 500 block of 15th Place Southwest. Shots had been fired. When they arrived, Coleman was lying in the front room of the house. He had been shot and killed. We found a lot of shell casings in the street. Witnesses tell us Coleman had stepped out on the porch for a smoke break. Then they heard several gunshots. Coleman came back into the house and collapsed in the living room. Neighbors saw shots fired from a vehicle near the scene.

      We know that's not a lot of information, but someone out there remembers the rest. And we're confident someone has the clues that will help us find Coleman's killer. Maybe the killer talked about it. Or maybe there's been talk on the streets about this.

      No matter what you've heard, I need you to dial 205-254-7777. Crime Stoppers will listen to your tip, and we will keep you anonymous. You get to lie low, and if there's an arrest based on your tip, we'll give you cash.

      It's that simple. Call right now.

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

      You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

      Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com click on the "submit an online tip" link.

      No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

      Crime Stoppers cannot call 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.