Statesboro teenager surrenders to police in connection to Park Place homicide

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - UPDATE: 16-year-old Eric Dyqueen Nicolas turned himself into police on Tuesday evening.

Officers with the Statesboro Police Department are investigating a homicide that happened at Park Place Villas on Friday.

Multiple calls were made in reference to shots fired in the area. Officers arrived on scene at 10:48 p.m., secured the scene, and investigated upon arrival.

Around this time, other officers responded to the East Georgia Regional Medical Center after receiving a call of a 19-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as Tamashe' Diquan Jones of Statesboro. 

Jones was taken to the hospital when two other neighbors found him lying on the ground inside of the Park Place Villas apartment complex. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives with Statesboro Police have identified 16-year-old Eric Dyqueen Nicolas as the suspect. Warrants have been obtained for his arrest, and detectives are encouraging Nicolas to turn himself in.

According to police, the victim and suspect were both at a party.

"Our victim and our suspect had some previous history," said Chief Mike Broadhead, Statesboro Police Department. "The rest of the people at the party had gotten tired of it and told them to go outside and figure it out. Unfortunately, one of them pulled a gun."

Several witnesses ran when police got there and officers found them inside an apartment where they also found drugs and guns. They arrested six people on those unrelated charges.

"It's become kind of a lower income complex," said Chief Broadhead. "But we can't lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of the people who live out there are good people just trying to make a living and get through their day.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at 912.764.9911. You may also anonymously submit information to or by texting a tip to "TIPSSPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.?

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