(Update) Victim identified, suspect charged with murder in Cullman shooting

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Charles Patrick Wayne Burgess (Cullman Police Department)

CULLMAN, Ala.– One man is dead and one in custody charged with murder following a shooting at a residence in the 1300 block of Dripping Springs Road on the city’s northwest side Saturday evening.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick has identified the victim as Thomas “Tommy” L. Piper, 49, of Cullman.

The suspect has been identified as Charles Patrick Wayne Burgess, 28.

On Sunday, the Cullman Police Department released the following statement:

“On 4-13-19, the Cullman Police Department was called to the residence of 1325 Dripping Springs Road N.W.  Inside of the home, officers located a white male who had been shot and was deceased.  The investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the shooting.  One suspect is in custody and has been charged with murder.  The suspect’s name is Charles Patrick Wayne Burgess.”


Reported Saturday night

Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper and Sgt. Cindy Rohrscheib confirmed the fatality Saturday night.

“We received a call for a welfare check,” said Rohrscheib, who said when an officer responded the victim was found deceased.

The police are not sure what time the shooting occurred.

“It had been a couple of hours since family had seen the victim,” said Rohrscheib. “Investigators are on the scene and it is an active crime scene.”

Rohrscheib said the police were called at 7:06 p.m.

This is a developing story.

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