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May 30, 2015

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Metro announces arrest in slaying earlier this year

Akeem Tripp

Akeem Tripp

A man suspected of shooting and killing another man in March was arrested Sunday, Metro Police officials announced.

Akeem Tripp, 20, was taken into custody around 1 a.m. near Sierra Vista Drive and Rome Street in Paradise. Police said an officer had stopped Tripp for a traffic violation when they discovered a warrant for his arrest.

Tripp was wanted for shooting and killing Phillip Hooks, who was the ex-boyfriend of Tripp’s girlfriend, on March 4.

The warrant report indicated the following:

Police had received a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. March 4 at Universe at Sunrise Mountain apartment complex, 5250 Stewart Ave. Hooks had been shot multiple times, and died April 7 at University Medical Center.

Witnesses told police they had seen a man wearing a white T-shirt and his hair in a bun running from the shooting. Police questioned Tripp seven months later on Oct. 19. He had been dating Hooks’ ex-girlfriend at the time, and Tripp said he had been with her on the day of the incident.

He denied any involvement in the shooting, but he did say he was wearing a white T-shirt and had his hair was in a bun that day.

Later Oct. 19, police questioned Tripp’s neighbor, who told police that Tripp talked about killing his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Tripp told the neighbor he had confronted Hooks after Hooks hit his girlfriend in the mouth during an argument.

Tripp told the neighbor that he shot Hooks several times in the back of the head after Hooks insulted him.

Tripp faces one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon.

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