Tennessee Man Accused Of Shooting Roommate, Tossing Body In Trash Can After Argument Erupts Over $10, Cops Say

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Mar. 19 2023, Published 3:42 p.m. ET

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A man in Tennessee has been arrested after allegedly fatally shooting his roommate in an argument over $10, police said.

According to WSAZ, officers responded to a call about a shooting in a Memphis neighborhood in the early morning hours of March 14.

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When officers arrived at the scene, two men approached them and said their roommate had been shot by another resident of the house, WSAZ reported.

Officers found the suspected shooter, later identified as Perry Hughes, 38, inside the house and were able to take him into custody after a short standoff.

Police said they found the body of the victim inside a trash can in Hughes’ bedroom. Paramedics were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators searched the property and found casings inside the kitchen, blood on the hallway walls and baseboards and blood in a swirl pattern on the bathroom floor, WSAZ reported.

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When searching Hughes’ bedroom, officers also found three handguns, two of which reportedly were stolen. They also discovered a mop that appeared to have blood on it and a bucket of bloody water in an adjacent room, officials said.

According to witnesses, the roommates were all celebrating another person’s birthday while drinking and playing dominoes. Hughes and the victim became intoxicated and started to argue over $10, and the dispute eventually turned physical, the witnesses claimed to police.

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At one point, both men pointed weapons at each other and stopped fighting, but the victim then moved to hit Hughes, who then started shooting, police said.

Hughes, a convicted felon out of Mississippi, was arrested and is facing charges that include second-degree murder, according to authorities.

Police have not released the identity of the victim.


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