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Victim identified in Owensboro homicide investigation; Teen facing murder charge

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Published: May. 21, 2022 at 7:32 AM CDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Owensboro Police Department is investigating a homicide after responding to a shooting Friday night.

They say it happened around 10:10 p.m. on the 3600 block of Arlington Drive.

OPD says when officers arrived on scene Friday night they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say the victim was taken to the hospital where he later died. That person has been identified as William Frazier.

According to a press release, OPD arrested a 17-year-old juvenile Saturday morning.

OPD says the juvenile is charged with murder and is currently being held at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Police say several interviews have been done so far in the investigation, but bystanders on scene were the ones that helped the officers make the arrest quickly.

“Each case is really unique, but in this case there were a number of things detectives had including, obviously, you know, individuals on scene that were able to give them pieces of information that lead to them ultimately being able to get to the bottom of this case pretty quickly,” said Officer Andrew Boggess with Owensboro Police.

Police say this fatal shooting adds to the rising number of gun violence in teenagers they’ve recently seen in the city.

”This is something that we certainly have noticed a trend of overall the last year or so, and it’s something that we’re doing our best to try to address,” said Officer Boggess. “There’s much easier access to those weapons then there should be. So, a lot of the prevention efforts that we make is just trying to prevent those guns from ever possibly getting into juveniles hands.”

Police say the gun that detectives believe was used in the shooting was stolen. The teen now faces an additional charge of receiving stolen property.

They are asking anyone with any information about the incident to call the police department at 270-687-8888 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 270-687-8484.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Police aren’t releasing many details at this time regarding what possibly led to the shooting.

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