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28-year-old turns himself in for his role in shooting death of man in Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood

Police identified the victim on Wednesday as 30-year-old Eddie Johnson III of St. Louis.
Credit: KSDK
Scene of homicide investigation.

ST. LOUIS — A 28-year-old man, who was initially wanted, turned himself in to detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Division Wednesday for his alleged role in the shooting death of a man in St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in early March.

Travon Stevenson, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is currently being held without bond.

Police identified the victim on Wednesday as 30-year-old Eddie Johnson III of St. Louis.

Police responded at 2:44 p.m. on March 7 to the 1600 block of Burd, where they found Johnson inside an apartment building with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After a preliminary investigation, police believe Johnson may have been in a domestic dispute with the mother of his child when two men intervened and shot him. The men left the scene before officers arrived.

The department’s public information officer Evita Caldwell said officers received a call regarding a shooting in the 1600 block of Burd Avenue about a man who had been shot.

Caldwell said the man was not conscious or breathing when officers arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Homicide Division is handling the ongoing investigation.

Investigators had portions of the parking lot behind the former Arlington School building blocked off with police tape. The school was closed in 1993 and was converted into apartments.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the division at 314-444-5371 or provide an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

There is no further information provided at this time.

Credit: KSDK
Scene of homicide investigation.


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