Suspect arrested in shooting death of Florida high school student caught on camera

Source: MEGA; Leon County Sheriff's Office

Apr. 27 2021, Updated 5:41 p.m. ET

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Authorities in Florida have taken a teenage suspect into custody in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old high school student Joshua Purcell last summer.

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The Tallahassee Police Department arrested Danquies Anderson, 19, on April 23 and charged him with second-degree homicide murder. 

On July 15, Purcell was fatally shot in a Tallahassee church parking lot after attending football practice.

According to police, before his death, two of Purcell’s friends allegedly told him about an earlier fight they had gotten into and the three were on their way to confront Anderson at his house, WTXL reported.

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As the trio made their way to the suspect’s place, Purcell began recording an Instagram Live video. In the video, he warned he and his friends were armed with a gun but only wanted to challenge Anderson to a physical fight. 

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Purcell was shot and Tallahassee police alleged Anderson’s brother said the teenager claimed responsible for the shooting, which was caught on video. Other members of Anderson’s family, however, said Anderson was not home when Purcell was gunned down.

Police alleged Anderson admitted to firing warning shots at Purcell but changed his story when presented with evidence. 


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