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Teenager Arrested In Fatal Shooting In North Peoria

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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. | A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on first-degree murder charges after a shooting late Wednesday in north Peoria.

The shooting happened around 10:51 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 1700 block of West Thames Drive, police said. The initial emergency call came in as a "a report of trouble between a male and female."

Killed in the shooting was Leigh Herring, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Thursday. Herring was previously in the Illinois Army National Guard and was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, according to media reports.

Officers found Herring, 39, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was dead at the scene.

Peoria Police arrested the 17-year-old after an interview Thursday. He was transported to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center. Police say no further information will be released because he's a minor.

Herring's death is under investigation. If you have any information, contact Peoria Police at (309) 673-4521 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

This is at least the 14th homicide in Peoria in 2020. See a map of other homicides below.

Contact Ryan at rmdenha@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-5426.