Suspect in Old Cahaba burglary dies

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A 30-year-old Eastaboga man died at UAB Hospital Dec. 2, two days after Helena police said the man shot himself in the head after he was confronted during a burglary in progress.

Ty Jerry Rogers was airlifted to the hospital shortly after noon Nov. 30 after police said they encountered him inside a residence in the 400 block of Old Cahaba Way.

Police responded to the residence at 11:49 a.m. Nov. 30 after a neighbor called 911 to report a burglary at the residence, said Helena police Deputy Chief Tim Carter.

Carter said when officers arrived, they found the front door of the house open and discovered Rogers inside. When police ordered Rogers out of the house, the suspect ran upstairs and out of the sight of officers before police reported hearing one gunshot, Carter said.

After police reinforcement arrived, the officers discovered Rogers lying in the floor on the second story of the house suffering from what police said “appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Rogers was then flown by Life Saver helicopter to UAB Hospital, where he died two days later.

Carter said police had responded to a burglary call at the same house shortly before receiving the second call at 11:49 a.m.

“After finding no one in the residence, processing the scene, which had been forcibly entered, and re-securing the house, officers left only to receive a second call, minutes later, that the house was being broken into again,” Carter wrote in a release.

After investigating the incident, Carter said police learned Rogers had previously lived at the Old Cahaba residence and had a relationship with the homeowner. Rogers moved out of the residence in August 2011 “when he was told to leave and not come back,” Carter wrote in a press release.