CANTON, Ohio — A father who was set to be a witness in a trial for his 1-year-old son's shooting death last year has died after being shot Sunday evening. On Tuesday, the man accused of shooting the father turned himself in and was arrested without incident.
According to Canton police, officers responded to a home around 7:54 p.m. in the 1000 block of 13th Street NW for a shooting. After arriving, police located a man down on the ground in a driveway. The man was identified as Aaron Lucas, 29.
Lucas was unresponsive and had been shot in the face, neck and torso, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicates Lucas was involved in an argument with Nichalous Dimitri Harvey, 37, and things "escalated." Harvey then allegedly pulled out a gun, shot Lucas multiple times and then ran off.
Harvey has been charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Harvey turned himself in at the Stark County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday and was arrested without incident, Canton police said.
Police have confirmed that Lucas was the father of Ace Lucas, a 1-year-old child who was shot and killed on July 22, 2020 on Clarendon Avenue SW in Canton.
On that night, Ace and his twin brother were asleep in their home when bullets ripped through the wall and struck them. The children were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Ace died from his injuries. His brother was treated for non-life-threatening wounds.
Surveillance video showed three men outside the home before the shooting.
In December 2020, police arrested 23-year-old Trejuan Johnson and charged him in Ace's murder.
Lucas was set to be a material witness in Johnson's trial. The trial has been delayed due to Lucas' death and any additional information could not be disclosed as the situation is now an open investigation and prosecutors do not want to jeopardize any evidence that could be used in court.
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