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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Witt. On Sunday evening at approximately 6:37 PM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting that someone had been shot in Witt. 


A Nokomis Police Officer along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene around 6:55 PM. According to the press release, a wrong address was given so it took several minutes to locate the correct address.  When police arrived at the residence at 103 Vermillion Street, Deputies ordered two subjects out of the house and detained both of them. 


While securing the house, a deceased male was located and identified as 36-year-old Jason S. Newell of Springfield. Newell had been residing at the residence. 


30-year-old Allan J. “AJ” Frayer and 18-year-old Elise I Rufus all of the same residence were taken in for questioning at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Newell was pronounced dead on the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner and an Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigator processed the scene. 


Frayer is still being held pending the ongoing investigation. Rufus has been released. The investigation is being considered a homicide involving a firearm. 


Criminal charges are also pending the outcome of additional interviews and physical evidence located at the scene.

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