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Autopsy results confirm homicide

Autopsy results confirm homicide

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WATERLOO --- An autopsy has confirmed that a Waterloo man found dead near a Broadway Street sidewalk Sunday morning died of a gunshot wound.

The state medical examiner ruled the death of 23-year-old Rodricus Keith Jones was a homicide, said Waterloo Police Capt. Tim Pillack.

The autopsy was conducted Monday, and police released the cause of death Tuesday but didn't disclose any other details in the slaying.

Pillack said officers still are interviewing witnesses and examining evidence.

No arrests have been made.

Officers were called to a disturbance in the parking lot of Broadway Liquor at 2:12 a.m., and before they arrived another call came in to dispatchers reporting gunshots in the same area. A short time later, Jones was found on the ground in front of 912 Broadway St.

Sunday's slaying was the city's fourth homicide case this year.

In March, police investigated the death of Machelle Nichols-West, 46, who was killed by her husband in a murder-suicide at their Sycamore Street apartment, according to records.

On June 16, the clerk of an East Fourth Street liquor store shot and killed Robert Bolden and Antonnio Sproles, both 21, when they tried to rob the establishment at gunpoint. Authorities said the shooting was justified, and no charges were filed.

John Parham Jr., 58, was shot a number of times in front of his home June 24. He later died at an area hospital. No arrests have been made, and the case remains under investigation.

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