Sharron Townsend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sharron Townsend 12 year old boy charged murder Florida Thomas Trent

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A 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of a 54-year-old homeless man in Jackson, Fla. Cops charged Sharron Townsend with murder in the death of Thomas Trent, who was killed the morning of June 28. Cops say Trent and Townsend didn’t know each other, according to WJXT.

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Here’s what you need to know about him:

1. Cops Say Townsend Shot Trent in the Head

103rd Street Murder – Two Persons Of Interest Sought By DetectivesHomicide detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fl are trying to locate two persons of interest reference the case involving the murder of Thomas Trent that occurred on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the morning hours. Thomas Trent was found unresponsive in the parking lot located at 7411 103rd Street. The death has…2014-07-01T14:58:09.000Z

According to WJXT, cops said Townsend shot Trent once in the head. During the course of the investigation, cops interviewed 16-year-old Darrell Royal, who lead investigators to Townsend. Royal had been incarcerated on an unrelated burglary charge and is not implicated in Trent’s death, WJXT reports. Townsend was caught on video surveillance footage, featured above, according to WJXT.


2. Cops Called the Shooting a ‘Horrible, Spontaneous Event’

WJXT reports Assistant Chief of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office Chris Butler called Trent’s death a “horrible, spontaneous event.” He said:

I cannot tell you a reason. To me, the best way to describe it is a horrible, spontaneous event. I can’t give you an explanation as to why it happened.


3. Cops Haven’t Recovered the gun Used to Kill Trent

WJXT reports cops say Townsend admitted to shooting Trent with a .22-caliber gun. The gun has not yet been recovered by police.


4. Townsend Has a Prior Arrest

According to The Florida Times-Union, Townsend has a prior burglary arrest.


5. Trent Was Found in a Parking Lot

According to The Florida Times-Union, Trent’s body was found in a parking lot on Jacksonville’s 103rd Street.