Teen suspect found shot shortly after Cherokee Triangle murder

Teen suspect found shot shortly after Cherokee Triangle murder
Jason Spencer (Source: Facebook)
Jason Spencer (Source: Facebook)
The 15-year-old suspect was found shot at 11th and Hill streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The 15-year-old suspect was found shot at 11th and Hill streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The shooting on Everett Avenue startled neighbors. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The shooting on Everett Avenue startled neighbors. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
There was a gun found at the Cherokee Triangle scene. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
There was a gun found at the Cherokee Triangle scene. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 15-year-old taken into custody in connection to the shooting death of a Louisville man was found shot shortly after the murder, according to Louisville Metro police.

Jason Spencer, 30, died after he was shot in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue around 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Larry Carroll.

The 15-year-old suspect was found shot a short time later, near 11th and Hill streets, according to LMPD Sgt. John Bradley.

Councilman Brandon Coan said this is the first homicide in his district since taking office in January of 2017. Crime statistics show there has not been a murder in District 8 since 2015.

According to police, Spencer was in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood visiting family and was walking with his wife when they encountered the 15-year-old and a second suspect.

Bradley said robbery was the motive behind the shooting.

"Jason just got married nine or 10 days ago," Buddy Wheeler said. "It was actually on my anniversary and I texted him congratulations and a few minutes later he texted me back, congratulating me on my anniversary."

Wheeler says his friend Jason Spencer was selfless and had recently returned from his honeymoon.

Wheeler says he and Spencer met over social media. Spencer ran the twitter account Louisville Humor, which has more than 14,000 followers.

"His online persona of being a friendly and social guy carried over to his day-to-day life," Wheeler said. "Every interaction with him was a happy one."

Spencer worked at Humana for more than seven years. A coworker says he was a leader among the corporation, especially in social media.

"His reach was far and wide here in Louisville. If you didn't know him you know someone who knows him," Wheeler said.

Police found one gun at the scene Sunday night. Carroll confirmed Spencer's cause of death was a gunshot wound.

Police are searching for the second suspect in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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