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Man and boy arrested, suspected of drug-related murder, Wichita police say

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Wichita police have arrested two people in connection to a drug-related shooting that left one man dead.

Emergency crews were called at around 6:01 p.m. Monday to a reported shooting in the 4600 block of East Boston, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

Police Lt. Ronald Hunt said an officer who was at a meeting in the area was the first to respond. He and other first responders performed first aid, but the shooting victim died at the scene. The shooting happened in a field northwest of the intersection of Oliver and Harry.

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Officer Charley Davidson said Tuesday that two suspects are in custody in connection to the drug-related shooting. One is a 17-year-old boy, and the other is 20-year-old Marcus Lamar. They were arrested on suspicion of felony murder and aggravated robbery.

One was taken into custody early Tuesday morning, police said, and the other was arrested in the 2300 block of South Hillside, just north of Pawnee, just before 11:50 a.m.

Police identified the homicide victim as 33-year-old Jerome Armbeck. Investigators determined he was shot multiple times during a disturbance among the three people. The investigation is ongoing.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Lamar was listed as an absconder on Friday. He has a previous felony conviction in Sedgwick County in a 2017 theft case.

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