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3rd suspect arrested in deadly Cape Girardeau shooting

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 1:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 12:12 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A third suspect has been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting.

Police say Mylik J. Starnes, 18, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

He is being held at the Cape Girardeau Police Department. His bond was set at $1 million cash only.

Delijah Z. James and Isaiah Keon Triplett, both 18 years old from Cape Girardeau, were previously arrested and charged for second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the death of 39-year-old Cape Girardeau resident David Flores.

James and Triplett are being held at the Cape Girardeau Municipal jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Police say with the third arrest, they’re confident that all suspects connected to Flores’ death are in custody.

According to court documents, three men went to Flores’ home armed with guns, stole a quantity of drugs and a fight broke out between them and Flores as they were leaving.

Investigators said Flores was wounded by gunfire from one or more of the men.

They said all three men fled the scene after the shooting.

James and Triplett were later identified as two of the suspects.

Margie Storz, the mother of David Flores, said the suspects stole medical marijuana and her son was trying to stop them.

She said her son is missed by a lot of people.

According to Sgt. Joey Hann with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, they received a call around 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 about a shooting in the area of Giboney and Hickory.

One person was injured in a shooting in Cape Girardeau on Thursday afternoon, September 23.
One person was injured in a shooting in Cape Girardeau on Thursday afternoon, September 23.(KFVS)

Officers arrived on scene and found a man, later identified as Flores, shot.

Police said they tried to use life-saving measures on Flores, but he was pronounced dead by Coroner Wavis Jordan and Deputy Coroner Scott Wren at the scene.

The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad has formally disbanded but is still investigating the incident.

They thanked the Sikeston Department of Public Safety for their assistance in arresting Delijah James.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Case Squad or the Cape Girardeau Police Department with any information at 573-339-662, anonymously at 573-339-6313 or text “CAPEPD” to 847411.

This is the first homicide in the city since July 20, 2020.

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