Beloit Police arrest suspect in connection to Monday morning homicide
BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV) - The Beloit Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection to a shooting Monday morning that left one man dead.
BPD arrested 34-year-old Mario T. Tucker around 7:45 a.m. at the Portland Avenue Bridge. Officers say the suspect dropped something off the bridge into the Rock River and they are working with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Natural Resources to recover the object. The search was called off for the night after 2 p.m., but the City of Beloit said officers could continue searching later in the week.
Witnesses told BPD that Tucker and the 50-year-old victim were having a disagreement and then Tucker shot the victim. Beloit Police say the victim and the suspect lived with each other in the residence where the shooting happened for a short period of time.
According to police, officers found the victim around 6:20 a.m. when they responded to the 1000 block of 10th Street. The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
When officers went back to check the house, they said they were given a detailed description of the suspect.
“We had great witnesses that came forward and felt that they needed to help us bring the suspect to justice, which they did, and that goes into the community relation which we have with our community members,” said Beloit Police Captain Andrew Sayles.
The name of the victim has not been released, but police said he was a Beloit resident.
Police have also not been able to identify the firearm used in this incident, as they say it is still early in the investigation. BPD also said they did not know what charges will be filed yet.
Beloit Police say Tucker had lived in the residence where the incident occurred for about one week. He has previously lived in Minnesota and Janesville, Wisconsin.
In a post on Facebook, Beloit police indicated there was no threat to the public.
“I’m confident I can say this was an isolated incident. Just like with most shootings, 80 percent of the time, the suspect and victim knows each other, so the danger to the community is minimum,” Sayles said.
The Rock Co. Dive Team has also responded to the Portland Ave. bridge to assist in the investigation.
Beloit Police Department said in a news conference that this is the second homicide investigation of 2020.
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