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UPDATED | 36-year-old man fatally shot on the city's South Side

Published: Wed, July 10, 2013 @ 9:50 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The 36-year-old man found murdered this morning in his South Side house was likely dead for several hours before police arrived.

Police said a person of interest, picked up by officers on an unrelated offense, told officers he found the body of Roosevelt Cooper III of East Florida Avenue in the victim’s house around midnight and left because he was afraid he’d be charged with the murder. He was later in a car pulled over by police on Rush Boulevard, charged with obstruction of justice and taken to the Mahoning County jail. About 4 a.m., the man told sheriff’s deputies that he saw a murder victim.

Police don’t consider the man a suspect at this time, Chief Rod Foley said.

“We don’t think he’s linked except to being a witness after the events happened,” he said.

After speaking to the man at the county jail, police went to Cooper’s house at 4:06 a.m. today, about four hours after the person of interest saw the shooting victim.

Cooper had a gunshot wound to the right side of his head and was found dead when officers arrived.

There was no one else in the house when police responded.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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