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Phoenixville police continue search for homicide suspect

He should be considered 'armed and dangerous'

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. - Authorities in Chester County are searching for a homicide suspect who allegedly chased the victim after an argument before shooting him once.

The Phoenixville Police Department and Chester County detectives are searching for Keyon L. Carpenter in the fatal shooting Thursday night of 20-year-old Joshua Mitchell. Authorities said the 21-year-old Carpenter should be considered armed and dangerous.

Carpenter faces homicide and first-degree murder charges along with three counts of reckless endangerment and single counts of weapons possession, receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and altering a serial number.

Borough police were dispatched to the area of Bank and Bridge streets about 9:45 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired. Officers found Mitchell with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to Phoenixville Hospital, where he later died.

Police said several witnesses identified Carpenter as the shooter.

Witnesses reported that the two men had been arguing, when Carpenter allegedly pulled a handgun and fired one shot at Mitchell and witnesses, according to police.

Mitchell tried to run, but Carpenter gave chase and shot him. Carpenter then ran from the area.

Police said they recovered a handgun from the area where the suspect ran. The gun had previously been reported stolen and efforts were made to remove the serial number, according to authorities.

Investigators ask that anyone with information on Carpenter call 911.


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