LIMA — Lima police investigators are still trying to uncover information and details surrounding a shooting that left one Lima man dead in the city in December.
Officers originally responded to the 700 block of Dingledine Avenue around 11:58 p.m. Dec. 19, where they found the victim of a gunshot wound. They later learned there was another man who suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Lima Memorial Health System.
Tavares Meeks, 29, died from his injuries at the scene. His autopsy, performed in Lucas County, revealed he died of a single gunshot wound to the torso area, Lt. Jim Baker said following the shooting.
Now investigators are left to piece the details together of what actually happened late that Wednesday night, a task which has proven to be a difficult one.
Lima Sgt. Paula Strickler said the other gunshot victim, whose name is still being withheld, was finally released from Lima Memorial Health System.
But that’s not much help to investigators. The gunshot victim is apparently not participating in the police investigation now, refusing to disclose his involvement.
“He is now not cooperating with our investigation, making it even more difficult for us,” she said.
Police have no new information surrounding the circumstances of how Meeks died, including how that other man was involved.
“Not only is he not talking, but other people really aren’t either,” Strickler said. “So here going forward, it’s still under investigation. We’re going to keep contacting people who may know anything.”
Meeks was a 2002 graduate of Lima Senior High School, according to his obituary. He worked in construction and has a fiancee, LaKrisha A. Freytag, and parents who survive in Lima.
Strickler said if anyone has any information surrounding the events of that night, call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444, the detective bureau at 419-221-5293 or Crime Stoppers at 419-229-7867.