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Suspect Charged with Homicide in East Erie Shooting

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The survivor of a deadly April shooting in east Erie is now being charged with homicide.

The suspect, identified as Jason Thomas, is facing nearly a dozen charges, including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery.  Thomas is accused of killing 38-year-old Stephon Bibbs.

The violent incident unfolded back in April, inside of an apartment complex on East 27th Street.  After the shooting, in a bedside interview at the hospital, Thomas told our station that he witnessed another person kill his neighbor Bibbs following an argument.  Bibbs died of gunshot wounds to his body, but Thomas survived with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police are now saying that's not the case.  According to the criminal complaint, while processing the crime scene, a detective noticed blood on a heating duct on the basement ceiling.  After opening it, the detective discovered two gun shell casings which matched the casings at the crime scene, as well as Bibbs' blood-covered wallet.  Police also say that the gun shot residue found on Thomas is consistent with a self-inflicted wound.  Investigators say Thomas shot himself to cover up the homicide.

This evening, Thomas said that he's being wrongfully accused.

"My heart goes out to Steph with the fullest...I give my heart that he's gone," said Thomas.  "I had nothing to do with it.  I should be dead too...I got shot too."

Thomas is also accused of waiting 14 minutes to contact police, so he could cover up the crime scene.

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