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Homicide suspect dies at Monroe Hospital; argument may have started it all

Homicide suspect dies at Monroe Hospital; argument may have started it all

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The shootings in Monroe Wednesday night that left two men dead, including the homicide suspect later shot by deputies, might have stemmed from an argument among three acquaintances, Monroe police said.

Monroe Police Chief Frederick Kelley said early Thursday there was no further danger to the public in the incident that started at a trailer at 720 17th St. on the city's Near West Side and ended with Green County sheriff's deputies shooting the homicide suspect about eight blocks away from the first shooting.

The unidentified suspect, who was seen on a city street covered in blood about 20 minutes after police were called to the homicide scene, died at Monroe Clinic Hospital after multiple shots were fired at him, police said.

The three men involved were Hispanic. Police did not know what precipitated the argument.

Police were called at 7:15 p.m. to the trailer on 17th Street for a report of two people being shot.

"The first officers on the scene found two Hispanic males shot in a trailer at that location," Kelley said. "One male was believed shot fatally, which was later confirmed, and the other was seriously wounded."

The wounded man was taken to Monroe Clinic Hospital; no condition report was available.

The alleged shooter fled the scene, and police and deputies started searching for him.

At 7:36 p.m., a male covered in blood and carrying a handgun was seen near a residence at 1007 12th St. in Monroe, about eight blocks from the first shooting.

"Several officers arrived at the location and spotted the person, a Hispanic male who matched the description of the man wanted from the earlier incident," Kelley said.

"Officers confronted the man, who was carrying a handgun," Kelley said. "The man was told (by police) to drop the handgun, but instead pointed it at officers.

"Multiple shots were fired by Green County deputies, who were the first to confront the man," Kelley said. "The man was hit by the shots fired."

Officers gave first aid and EMTs were called, with the suspect taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

It wasn't known how many gunshots hit the suspect or how many deputies or officers were involved in the shooting.

Division of Criminal Investigation officials were called to investigate the officer-involved shooting, as is standard procedure.

The shootings remain under investigation.

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