30-year-old killed in Eatonville, police looking for suspects

Orlando police are asking the public for help to locate any suspects connected to the shooting death of a 30-year-old Orlando man in Eatonville on Friday.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, October 21, police responded to Samuel Street in Eatonville in reference to a possible shooting. Upon arrival, police discovered bullet casings on the ground, but found no victims or witnesses.

Later that evening, OCSO homicide detectives were contacted by Orlando Police Department homicide detectives who believed that a homicide victim in the OPD jurisdiction had actually been shot in Eatonville. Originally, OPD was working on a car crash at Princeton Street and Westmoreland Road when they discovered a man inside of a vehicle who had been shot.

The man, who was later identified as 30-year-old Darrell Lee Merricks Jr., was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Detectives believe that the vehicle Merricks was found in was also at the shooting scene in Eatonville.

If you have any information that will help police identify those responsible for killing Merricks, please contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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