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New Orleans police arrest South Gayoso Street murder suspect

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in Local Issues, NOPD

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune February 18, 2010, 7:14AM sherwood-solomon.jpgMurder suspect Sherwood Solomon, 26A man accused of fatally shooting 43-year-old Braddock Chambliss just blocks from the Krewe of Endymion's parade route Saturday night was arrested Wednesday evening. Sherwood Solomon, 26, was booked into Orleans Parish Prison about 8:20 p.m. with one count of second-degree murder, Criminal District Court records showed. He remained jailed early Thursday and was expected to make his first appearance before a judge later in the morning. Homicide investigators allege Solomon shot Chambliss several times by the roadway of the 300 block of South Gayoso Street about 9 p.m., two blocks from where Endymion rolled down Canal Street, said officer Shereese Harper, a New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman. Someone called 911, and paramedics arrived in time to take Chambliss to LSU Interim Public Hospital. However, he died there from his wounds later Saturday night, said chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant naming Solomon as the suspect by Wednesday. Court records showed prosecutors have convicted Solomon previously of possessing drugs but never for anything violent. He pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine in 2002 and received probation. In 1997, officers accused him of illegally possessing Vicodin, a prescription pain medication, but prosecutors decided not to pursue the case. Solomon would serve a mandatory life sentence if he is eventually convicted of second-degree murder. Ramon Antonio Vargas can be reached at rvargas@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3371.

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