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Kokomo man shot to death, police arrest murder suspect

KOKOMO, Ind. – A Kokomo man is behind bars, accused of murder following a deadly shooting overnight.

Officers responded to the 600 block of West Markland around 12:54 a.m. on a report of a person shot. That's when officers found 27-year-old Kevin Allan Jackson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Jackson died as a result of multiple gunshots to the head, neck and chest, according to the Howard County Coroner’s Office.

One neighbor who moved in next door just four days ago was surprised to learn someone got killed and says he didn’t hear any gunshots overnight.

"I just got freaked out with as many cops as were outside," said neighbor Austin Huddleston.

Police are still trying to piece together what led up to the deadly shooting, but police say witnesses at the scene were able to help track down the accused killer.

Officers arrested 27-year-old David Barner for murder a short time later. He was transported to the Howard County Criminal Justice Center.

The death marks the second homicide in the last three months in Kokomo. In 2018, the city had four homicides all year, with six homicides in 2017 and another four in 2016.

Those numbers are slightly higher compared to prior years. For example, from 2013 to 2015 Kokomo saw only two or three homicides a year.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322 or the police hotline at 765-456-7017. Also, you may report your anonymous tip to Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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