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UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect in Somerset County Murder

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SOMERSET CO., Md. -- Maryland State Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a woman early Saturday morning.

At 1:30 a.m. state police from the Princess Anne Barrack were called to a shooting at the American Legion on the 31000 block of Perryhawkin Road. Witnesses told police Jesse L. Copes, 26, of Princess Anne, was among a crowd of people, including 26-year-old Tawanda Blake of Pocomoke City, who were in the legion parking lot. Copes reportedly engaged in an altercation that led to a scuffle. Witnesses say Copes then pulled out a handgun and began firing, hitting Blake. Responding troopers found Blake lying in the parking lot; she was transported to the Peninsula Region Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly after 2:00 a.m. The Chief Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the cause of her death was a gunshot wound.

Police arrested Copes as he was leaving his apartment and stopped him as he drove away. Copes was taken into police custody and transported to the Princess Anne Barrack for questioning. Investigators obtained a search warrant that was served at Copes' apartment and led to the recovery of evidence. However, a handgun has still not been recovered.

Copes has been charged with first degree and second degree murder among other charges. He is being held in the Somerset County Detention Center without bond.

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