Suspect in Brower Street Shooting Released without Charges

The man who police identified as a suspect in a fatal shooting on West Brower Street in Springfield has been released without charges.

Investigators say that the suspect, 18-year-old Timber Porter, turned himself into police after they issued a public alert calling for tips about his location. He was booked into the Greene County Jail but has been released without charge.

Springfield police have not released a statement regarding reports that the incident was self-defense and whether or not the dead man, 19-year-old Dearies Hempstead, was armed at the time of the incident, because the investigation is ongoing.

Police did say publicly that witnesses reported hearing multiple shots in the area where Hempstead was found by police with a gunshot wound.

A search warrant says that before he died Hempstead identified Porter as the man who shot him.

Porter’s attorney, Jason Coatney, did not return a request for comment on the case before publication time.

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