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Suspect identified in 2019 deadly shooting near Davis-Monthan

Posted at 5:26 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2021-01-01 19:03:53-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on the morning of May 2, 2019, in the 4100 block of E. 29th Street.

Officers were called to area near 29th and Alvernon around 1:30 a.m. for reports of gunshots in the neighborhood. After those reports, another woman called 911 to say her boyfriend, 39-year-old Ryan Hercher, had been shot at an apartment complex.

Police found Hercher just west of the complex, lying on the ground next to his vehicle with gunshot wounds. Hercher's girlfriend was also with him. Officers say he was alert and talking and gave him medical attention until Tucson Fire was able to take over. Hercher was taken to Banner UMC with life-threatening injuries where he died.

According to witnesses and Hercher's girlfriend, he was in an altercation with at least one man in the parking lot of the apartment complex. During the incident, shots were fired and Hercher was hit. Police say Hercher then drove his vehicle out of the complex and across S. Irving Avenue where he hit a block wall.

On Jan. 1, 2021, TPD announced they had identified Sean Rashad-Odell Howell as the shooter in the case. However, investigators also learned Howell had died in September 2020 as the victim of another homicide. Police say latent prints at the scene confirmed Howell's involvement in the murder of Ryan Hercher.