(9-6-21) On September 5th , 2021, at about 11:47 p.m., officers from the Lima Police Department were sent to the 100 block of S. Perry Street, in reference to shots fired. 

Almost simultaneously, a report came in about a roll-over crash near the intersection of North and Perry Streets.  As officers arrived at both scenes, it was discovered the driver of the roll-over crash had been shot once in the abdomen.  As a result, it was determined the vehicle was coming from the shooting incident, in the 100 block of Perry Street.  Officers checked the residence at 168 S. Perry, where a previous altercation occurred just 20 minutes prior.  They located several individuals inside the house and began to canvass the neighborhood for witnesses to the incidents.  Investigators discovered that an altercation broke out between individuals at the residence. 

About 20 minutes later, one of the combatants returned to the 100 block of S. Perry, with a family member, who wanted information about the assault.  Moments after they arrived in the block, shots were fired into the car from an individual standing in the front yard of 168 S. Perry Street. 

The shooter was later identified as Demarco B. Morris (31), a Lima resident originally from Toledo.  Morris was located at about 5 a.m., at a nearby property and taken into custody.  He was ultimately held for suspicion of murder and transported to the Allen County Jail. 

The driver of the vehicle in the roll-over crash, Davion Latson (25), of Lima, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

There was one other occupant in the vehicle, Michael Latson (45), also of Lima.  Michael Latson was the father of Davion Latson.  He was transported to Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment. 

This incident is still under investigation.  Anyone with additional information about this incident, please contact Det. Steve Stechschulte at the Lima Police Department, at 419-221-5181.