UPDATE: Info sought into man’s death

OKEECHOBEE — A sheriff’s detective is looking for a 20-year-old Okeechobee man who could possibly shed some light on Thursday’s shooting of Christopher Jermaine Allen.

Christopher Jermaine Allen, 36

Christopher Jermaine Allen, 36

Allen, 36, was found lying in the street in the 700 block of N.E. 14th Avenue which is located in Douglas Park. Two deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man, who was later transported to Raulerson Hospital where he died.

A 29-year-old woman was also shot. She was also taken to Raulerson, then later transported by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Her condition was not known as of newspaper deadline.

That woman’s involvement in this case is not clear at this time.

OCSO Detective Mark Shireman, the lead investigator on the case, is looking for Cornelius Monray Merriweather because he may have some useful information about the case.

Cornelius Monray Merriweather, 20

Cornelius Monray Merriweather, 20

“He’s a person with knowledge that could be a help in this investigation,” said Michele Bell, OCSO public information officer.

Mrs. Bell said the shooting incident occurred around 2:54 p.m. Thursday, when the sheriff’s office received a call that someone had been shot. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Allen lying in the street. He had been shot and was now unresponsive.

Deputy Sergeant Shane Snyder started performing CPR on the man. He was then relieved by Deputy Corporal Matt Hurst, who continued doing CPR until emergency medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue arrived.

Allen was then pronounced dead at Raulerson Hospital.

Mrs. Bell said an autopsy was to be conducted on Allen sometime Friday afternoon.

As for the injured woman, Mrs. Bell said she ran from the scene and was found at another residence. She was then taken to the local hospital.

A motive for the shooting, as well as the weapon involved, are still being sought.

If you have any information regarding this case, call Detective Shireman at 863-763-3117, ext. 5113.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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