Suspect arrested, charged after deadly Monday morning shooting on Portland Street in Chattanooga

Suspect arrested, charged after deadly Monday morning shooting on Portland Street in Chattanooga

June 24th, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Local - Breaking News

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story stated Douglas Holmes' death marked the 16th homicide this year. That number includes the death of Chattanooga police Ofc. Nicholas Galinger, who was struck and killed by a vehicle, the driver of which has been charged with vehicular homicide. There have actually been 15 criminal homicides this year.

One man is dead after a shooting in the 2000 block of Portland Street Monday morning and another was charged in the incident Monday night, Chattanooga police spokesman Trevor Tomas said.

Police were called to the scene at about 12:23 a.m. and found Douglas Holmes, 35, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said late Monday that Jeremy Sutton, 20, was charged with criminal homicide in the slaying. He is being held at the Hamilton County Jail. No bond amount was noted.

"U was like my big bruh," one woman wrote on Facebook. "mommy treated u like hers and when my mom gained her wings u was there it just don't seem real child hood [sic] friends and my kids looked at u as their uncle I just can't believe this u laying here ... I love u."

Holmes' friends and family announced on Facebook that they are creating memorial T-shirts and planning a candlelight vigil for close friends and family Monday evening.

Holmes' death marks the city's 15th homicide this year, 10 of which were by gunfire. That number includes three homicides that were ruled to be justified.

Overall, there have been 44 shooting incidents resulting in 52 victims this year, excluding those that were accidental. By this time last year, there had been 50 shootings producing 57 victims.

Contact Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @HughesRosana.


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