Suspect faces murder charge after man found with gun shot wound in Charleston, Mo.

Suspect faces murder charge after man found with gun shot wound in Charleston, Mo.

CHARLESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - A suspect has been taken into custody after a homicide investigation in Charleston, Missouri.

According to the Director of Charleston’s Department of Public Safety, Robert E. Hearnes, 30-year-old Rodney R. Johnson Jr. was arrested in connection with the incident.

Johnson was arrested by the Montgomery County, Mo. Sheriff’s Department and placed in jail according to officials. Johnson is awaiting extradition to Misissippi County.

Officials said he is being held on a no bond warrant and charges of first degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Officials said on May 24 around 12:25 a.m. police received a call about a person shot.

Police were informed that the shooting happened on the gravel parking lot next to the Bowden Center, in the 700 block of Sy Williams .

Investigating officers found a male victim with a gun shot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old D’Erick T. Menz of Charleston.

The investigation is ongoing, and there are no suspects in custody at this time.

The MO State Highway Patrol and the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department are assisting in the investigation.

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