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Old 01-26-2020, 06:38 AM
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Coroner Identifies Man Killed in Shooting Following Drug Deal Gone Wrong
Erie Police are still looking for two men and have charged two others in connection to the fatal shooting.

Updated: Tuesday, January 21st 2020, 5:20 PM EST

The coroner has identified the man killed in Sunday's shooting following what investigators said was a drug deal gone wrong.

Devin Way, 26, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen. His death
has been ruled as a homicide following an autopsy Tuesday.

Erie Police are still looking for two men and have charged two others in connection to the fatal shooting.

Michael J. Toles, 22, and his girlfriend Melissa A. Seaman, 19
, face charges for homicide and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Both were arraigned Monday morning and taken to the Erie County Prison.

Police were called to Southgate Dr. and Usonia Ave. for a shooting just before 3 p.m. Sunday.

At the scene, officers found Way unresponsive laying in the snow covered street, according to the criminal complaint. He was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment but was pronounced dead from his injuries about 45 minutes later.

Neighbors told police the shooting was associated with a gray Honda, which officers spotted nearby. The vehicle drove away before it finally came to a stop at the Taco Bell on Peach St., investigators said.

When police approached the vehicle, they discovered Seaman behind the wheel and Toles in the back seat, the criminal complaint said. Toles told officers he had been shot, and officers said they saw blood in the back seat.

Toles was taken by ambulance to UPMC Hamot for treatment of a gunshot wound to his right arm.

Two other suspects reportedly tried to carjack a woman's vehicle at a nearby Burger King. Both remain on the loose.

Seaman was taken into custody. Officers searched her and found a large bag containing suspected marijuana inside her pants near her groin, according to the criminal complaint.

Toles told police he, Seaman and two other men went to buy marijuana and rob Way, the alleged seller. Way got in the vehicle and produced two bags of marijuana, which were passed around for inspection, the criminal complaint said. A man who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle with Way and Toles took out a gun, and a struggle ensued, police said. Toles told investigators he and Way were both shot, and Way fell out the vehicle.

During an interview, Seaman told investigators she recently met Way on social media. They started communicating with one another, and she admitted to contacting him to buy marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.


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