The shooting death of a 46-year-old man on Friday night at the Park Place Apartments in Statesboro is being investigated as a possible murder case, according to the police. The alleged suspect is a youngster from Statesboro who is 17 years old. According to a news release issued by the Statesboro Police Department early on Saturday morning, the victim, who has been identified as Eric Alexander Reese, lived in the Park Place neighborhood.
Lester Parrish, who resides in the University Pointe Apartments on Harvey Drive, was taken into custody early on Saturday morning at the Avenue at Southern on Georgia Avenue. According to the police, he was charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The Avenue at Southern is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Avenue at Southern. He is being kept in the Bulloch County Jail without the possibility of release pending the outcome of the next court proceeding.
According to the news release, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, officers from the Statesboro Police Department responded to Park Place on Lanier Drive “in reference to an altercation involving firearms.” Reese was found in the area, and it was determined that she had already passed away. According to the police, cops that responded and arrived on the scene made many arrests.
On Friday evening, local law enforcement said that five people, including one youngster, had been taken into custody at the location. They stated that after the gunfire, several people raced over Veterans Memorial Parkway into a neighboring field, where the five were caught when they were found hiding.
Jake Futch, the coroner for Bulloch County, stated on Friday evening that he was dispatched to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in response to a victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.
On Friday evening, a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Southern University Police, and the Georgia State Patrol, responded to the site.
Anyone who may have information on this investigation is urged to call the Investigations Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department at the number (912) 764-9911. You can send in tips while remaining anonymous by visiting www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message that starts with “TIPSSPD” to the number 274637. (CRIMES). Every piece of information is held in the utmost confidence.