A 20-year-old man is wanted for the fatal shooting of another man on a Minneapolis street last month during a reported drug deal and police need the public's assistance to help find him, authorities announced Tuesday.
Brion Quantrial Overton, of St. Paul, was charged by warrant earlier this month in Hennepin County District Court for second degree murder in the death of Tyrone Lyles, 19, of Richfield, who was found shot in the chest.
Overton is not in custody and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
"The public is warned that if they see him, do not confront or attempt to apprehend," according to a news release by Minneapolis police.
The public is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) to give any tips that could lead to Overton's capture.
According to the complaint:
On June 3, a little before 9 p.m., police were called to a shooting near 15th Avenue N. and Irving Avenue N. Police found Lyles lying in the middle of the street with suspected marijuana and miscellaneous pills in his pockets. Lyles was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said that Lyles had been talking on the phone when he approached a Buick LeSabre. One witness said Lyles had met another man near the trunk of the car before he was shot. Another witness said that there was a "pop" and it appeared like Lyles had been thrown from the car before it left the scene.
A man who is on house arrest for another crime told police that Lyles had been selling drugs and had visited him on the day of the shooting. That night while at his friend's home, Lyles received a phone call and was supposed to meet the people who called him down the street, but Lyles was "somewhat apprehensive about the drug deal, as he did not know the other parties." Because the people he was supposed to meet said they knew an acquaintance of his, Lyles apparently said he thought the deal was safe.
The last call made from Lyles' phone was traced back to Overton. Overton's phone records show Lyle's phone number several times leading up to the shooting. According to location trackers, Overton's cell phone was three blocks from where Lyles was shot near the time of the shooting.
Police learned that Overton had been arrested in St. Paul the day after the shooting. During the arrest, police recovered two .40 caliber handguns. Police reportedly received information from two credible sources that Overton was responsible for Lyles' death. One of the sources told police that Overton had been arrested with the murder weapon.