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Man wanted in Springfield weekend shooting in police custody

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Emil Witherspoon is wanted on murder and assault charges after four people were shot, one fatally, on Saturday in Springfield. (SPD photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF) -- The suspect in a Springfield shooting that killed one and injured three others - including two children - turned himself into police custody early on Tuesday morning.

Emil Witherspoon, 43, turned himself in just after midnight and was placed in Clark County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on charges or murder, aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and three counts of felonious assault.

The police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Springfield officials are providing an update after one man died and three others were injured after a shooting Saturday afternoon on South Burnett Road.

Springfield Police said Monday they are looking for Emil Witherspoon, who is accused of shooting four people at the Speedway gas station on South Burnett Road. One of the four, 32-year-old Antoine Crooks, died at a hospital.

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Springfield Police Capt. Brad Moos said that the incident is considered domestic violence, because the suspect Emil Witherspoon is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Brugler. Also injured in the shooting was a 6-year-old who sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized, and a 7-year-old who was apparently grazed by a bullet. That child was treated and released.

Moos said the 7-year-old was an innocent bystander at the gas station, while the 6-year-old is related to Crooks.

The captain said an arrest warrant has been issued for Witherspoon on the following charges:

  • Aggravated murder
  • Murder
  • Attempted aggravated murder
  • 3 counts of felonious assault
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When asked about the recent spike in violence in Springfield, Moos said it's not affecting just Springfield.

"It's not just in Springfield, our entire nation is suffering a problem like this. It just happens to hit home when you see it at your home," Moos said.

We also asked what makes these shooting investigations so difficult.

"The detectives worked on it well into the night on Saturday night and they worked on it on Sunday, they're actively working on it now so it just takes a lot of time to follow up and do these investigations," Captain Moos said.

Witherspoon should be considered armed and dangerous, Moos said. However, the captain said the shooting over the weekend was an isolated incident and he believes the people of Springfield are safe.

He said if anyone has information about the incident, or the whereabouts of Witherspoon, they are urged to call Springfield Police at 937-324-7685 or your local law enforcement agency.

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