Second suspect arrested, third sought in the fatal shooting of Wichita teenager

Crime
Easton G. Palmer

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Wichita Police Department arrested a second suspect and is seeking a third in the shooting death of 17-year-old Erik Stokes.

According to Sedgwick County Jail booking sheets, 18-year-old Breckyn I. Elliott was booked on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder, and on Wednesday, 18-year-old Easton G. Palmer was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated battery.


Breckyn I. Elliott (Photos courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

Police on Tuesday released a photo seeking the suspects in the shooting. It happened in the 3800 block of West 13th Street North Sunday evening.

Police say five people were at the apartment when three suspects armed with handguns forced their way in. Investigators say the five people went into a bedroom and then shots were fired by the suspects. Stokes and another 17-year-old boy were hit. The second teenager survived.

“Time and time again, the community helps solve violent crimes in Wichita,” Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “This is a prime example, and we appreciate the community’s help and continued support.”

Wichita police need help locating 25-year-old Jaron C. Palmer

Detectives are asking for help locating the third suspect, 25-year-old Jaron C. Palmer of Wichita. Jaron is Easton Palmer’s brother.

If you know anything, call detectives at (316) 268-4407 or call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.

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