The Lima Police Department is investigating their first homicide of 2019 after being called out to what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident.

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Around 3:30 this morning, officers responded to the 600 block of Michael Ave. after a vehicle had struck a power pole. Officers found 34-year-old Branson Tucker of Lima, in the back seat with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was transported to St. Rita's where he was later pronounced dead. Through an investigation, it was discovered the shooting took place at 975 St. Johns Ave. It is known to be a residence as well as a gathering place according to LPD.

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"Lima Police Department detectives wrote a search warrant and they're currently down there, processing that scene for evidence at this time," said Sgt. Jason Garlock. "We've received some names of persons of interest that we're attempting to locate, right now, through the course of our investigation."

Those with information are encouraged to contact Detective Todd Jennings at LPD at 419-227-4444.

Press Release from Lima Police Department - 1/15/19

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at approximately 0330 hours, Lima Police Officers responded to the 600 block of Michael Ave in reference to a motor vehicle accident.

Branson Tucker, 34 years old of Lima, was located inside the vehicle and had sustained a gunshot wound to his torso. Mr. Tucker was transported to St Rita’s Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Through the course of the investigation, Lima Police Detectives learned the shooting occurred inside of 975 St Johns Ave, Lima Ohio. A search warrant was obtained for 975 St Johns, Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives are currently processing the scene for evidence.

The Lima Police Department Detectives have received information on a person(s) of interest, involving this case and are currently following up on multiple leads.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Detective Todd Jennings at 419 221-5228, the Lima Police Department at 419 227-4444 or Lima / Allen County Crime Stoppers at 419 229-STOP.

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