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UPDATE: Victim fatally shoots "robbery suspect" on Hamill Road

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UPDATE: Officials release the autopsy results in a deadly March shooting. 

A suspect who was fatally shot in March during an attempted robbery was shot 11 times.

Police say the shooting happened when a man met with a woman who he had met online. Officers say Steven Hurston then appeared outside the Hamill Road duplex and tried to rob the man.

Police say instead of giving up his money... he shot Hurston 11 times. He died at the scene but his alleged female accomplice ran away.

Police think the duo may have been responsible for similar robberies in the area.
    
No charges have been filed against the man who shot and killed Hurston.
 


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Assistant Police Chief Tracy Arnold says online hookups can be dangerous.

“This will get out to the public and they will see that this is a very dangerous game to play,” said Arnold.

Saturday morning, Joshua Smith tells police he met a woman outside a duplex off Hamill Road after connecting with her online.

Smith was walking to the apartment with the woman he just met, when 19-year-old, Steven Hurston allegedly appeared with a gun and told Smith to hand over his money.

“There is a certain amount of danger involved in this type of activity,” said Arnold.

Smith refused, firing his gun at Hurston, killing him.

After pulling the trigger, Smith called police to tell them what just happened.

“They arrived and observed an individual lying on the ground unresponsive with the victim of the robbery detaining him at gun point,” said Arnold.

Chattanooga Police say a local couple has been enticing strangers for sex on websites like Craigslist and Backpage.

Assistant Chief, Arnold says the woman smith met could have been working with Hurston. Police believe this could be the same couple responsible for at least four other incidents since December.

“These two individuals were described as a Black male in his 20s, and a White female in her 20s, and they follow the same MO. The female was contacted by way of social media and the victim met with a female at a certain location and after arriving at the location, the Black male came out from around a car or building and robbed the victim.” said Arnold.

Chief Fletcher tweeted Saturday saying:



Assistant Chief Arnold echoes the same sentiment.

“Hopefully this will get out to the public, and they will see that this is a dangerous game to play and there are consequences that go along with it,” said Arnold.

Police are following up on leads. They say if you have any information about the female to give them a call.

At this time Smith is not facing any charges for shooting Steven Hurston.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting, concerning a victim of a robbery who reportedly shot the robbery suspect. 

The call came into the 1600 block of Hamill Road around midnight. Responding officers found 19-year-old, Steven Hurston, lying unresponsive on the ground, with 30-year-old ,Joshua Smith, holding him at gunpoint. Hurston was pronounced dead on the scene by Hamilton County Emergency Service.

Investigators say Mr. Smith was detained for questioning without incident. Smith told police he was walking to the duplex with a female when Hurston appeared from beside the duplex with a gun demanding money. Smith stated that he refused to give the unknown man any money, then fired his gun at the suspect and called police.

Smith told police he had met the woman he was with online and had arranged to meet with her. Investigators are now working to identify the female party,

Anyone with information regarding her or this shooting is asked to call 423-698-2525. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when they become available. Stay with Channel 3 News on air and online as we learn more. 

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