UPDATE: 17-year-old arrested in connection to deadly shooting Wednesday night

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.) — Peoria Police said a 17-year-old male was arrested Thursday afternoon after 39-year-old Leigh Herring was shot in the head Wednesday evening.

Police said the juvenile was transported to the Peoria Police Department Criminal
Investigations Division to be interviewed.

Following the interview, police said the juvenile was arrested for first-degree murder and was taken to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.

No other information about the juvenile will be released.


(PREVIOUS) — The Peoria County Coroner released the identity of the man who was shot in the head Wednesday evening.

Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim as 39-year-old Leigh Herring. Police found Herring inside a residence on W. Thames Drive near N. Parliament Place with a gunshot wound to the head. Herring was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy revealed Herring suffered a single gunshot wound to the head with no other injuries.

The Peoria Police Department is still investigating the matter, so information about the range of fire, caliber of weapon, and other details are being withheld at this time.

Police are asking those with any information about the incident to contact the Peoria Police Department at (309)-673-4521 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (309)-673-9000.


(PREVIOUS) — One man is dead after a shooting Wednesday night in Peoria.

Peoria Police responded to the 1700 block of W Thames Dr. just after 11:00 p.m. for trouble at a residence between a male and a female.

When police arrived to the residence, they found a man with a gunshot wound to the head. The Peoria County Coroner, Jamie Harwood, was called to the scene and the man was pronounced dead.

What happened inside the home before the man was shot is still being investigated at this time by Peoria Police.

Any information about the victim will be released at a later date by the Peoria County Coroner.

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