The body of 23 year old Derrick Phillips was found inside a Birmingham apartment Friday morning, near an active methamphetamine operation.
The Birmingham Police Department reports officers were called to an apartment complex on the 3600 block of Clairmont Avenue on a call of shots fired.
Officers arrived, but not find any evidence of a shooting.
About 20-30 minutes later, dispatchers received a call about a dead person inside an apartment at that same location.
Once officers arrived, and discovered the body, they also noticed a strong chemical odor, and vacated the apartment.
It was later verified to be an active meth lab.
The entire apartment complex of 3 buildings was evacuated, and the death investigation was suspended, to allow haz mat crews to clean up the meth lab.
Four police officers were transported to a hospital as a precaution, after they were exposed to the interior of the apartment.
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