42-year-old shot, killed in Kinston Saturday

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 42-year-old man Saturday evening.

Police responded to the 300 block of East Lenoir Ave around 5:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Franchoize Dawson suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Dawson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested 50-year-old Roderick Oneal Coples and charged him with an open count of murder, as well as being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He remains at the Lenoir County Detention Center.

Coples was expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

Police stressed the incident was isolated and the suspect and victim knew each other.

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