Man found shot to death marks 8th 2023 Albany homicide
Police searching for person of interest
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A man was found shot to death Friday morning in Albany, according to Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.
34-year-old Dominique Henderson was found dead outside between apartments on the 1300 block of South Madison Street.
The coroner said Henderson died from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Albany Police Department is searching for a person of interest in connection to the homicide.
Victor Bernard Roberts, Jr., 22, is described as 5′10 and weighs 144 pounds. Police said he is known to frequent the 500 block of Dorsett Avenue and Brother’s Convenience Store on Newton Road.
Alicia Lyles, 36, was arrested at the scene and charged with tampering with evidence.
This marks the eighth homicide in Dougherty County in 2023 and the second this week. Chief Persley says there’s a trend with the homicides.
“All eight were results of firearms being used, and seven of the eight suspects and the victims were Black, which is a major problem in our community,” Persley said.
Persley says eight by this time of year is about normal in his years of being chief. He also said, “Because we have had eight, that’s eight too many.”
Persley said that gunshot detection systems were able to pinpoint the exact location of the incident and made authorities get here as soon as possible. Police were responding to an unrelated incident there at the time of the shooting when they heard the gunshots.
Persley is calling for residents of Albany to work together to make sure the number of homicides doesn’t increase - especially since we are in the summer months now.
“There are a lot of challenges that we have here. And it’s going to take a lot to come up with the right answer,” Persley said.
He says in the summer, it’s a good idea to have a curfew for your kids so they aren’t involved in potentially dangerous situations.
Persley said there have been shootings in the same area of the crime earlier in 2023.
WALB asked people at the home where the body was found behind - and with neighbors. No one was willing to speak about whether they knew Henderson or Roberts.
One neighbor told WALB that a friend warned them in the past about safety in that same neighborhood.
Anyone with information on the incident or Roberts’ whereabouts or the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS or the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.
This a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.
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