Portsmouth man charged with Sunday fatal shooting

Published 8:25 am Monday, June 19, 2023

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A Portsmouth man faces multiple felony charges including second degree murder in connection with a fatal Sunday shooting.

Suffolk Police have arrested Russell Edwards, 57, of Portsmouth, in connection with a homicide that took place Sunday, June 18 in the 6200 block of Apple Street.  

The Suffolk 911 Center received a call at 11:03 a.m. for a person being shot inside a residence. When officers arrived, an adult male, age 72, was located suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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The victim and the suspect were acquaintances, police said. Edwards fled the scene in a 2000s model red Ford F-150 extended cab pick-up.  

Russell is charged with four felonies: second degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharge of a firearm within a dwelling house.

Police said Russell is being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

The investigation remains ongoing, and there is no further information available for release.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact Suffolk Police or Suffolk Crime Line. To submit online, go to www.p3tips.com, visit the Suffolk Police Department website (www.suffolkva.us/spd) and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suffolkpolicedepartment. Residents can also call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5. Once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.