Argument over pets led to fatal shooting of Lincoln teen, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – An argument over pets led to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old on Saturday, Lincoln Police say.

Lincoln’s first homicide of the year happened around 10:20 a.m. at a home near 17th Street and Euclid Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found 18-year-old Julian Martinez suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews tried to save him, but Martinez was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

At the same time, dispatch sent officers to an apartment next door, where the caller, later identified as 29-year-old Armon Rejai, said he had just shot someone.

Assistant Police Chief Brian Jackson said Rejai was arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

“We would like to extend our condolences to Julian’s family and friends and ask the public to respect their privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved one,” he said.

Jackson said the neighbors’ argument over their dogs escalated and led to the shooting.

He confirmed that pepper spray was also used at some point before the shooting.

Police said they’re unaware whether anything happened between Martinez and Rejai before Saturday.

Rodney Wacker, a neighbor, said he still feels safe despite what happened.

“We’ve lived here for three years, and we’re friends with a lot of the people around here,” he said. “I’ve dealt with neighbors before, you know, he didn’t seem threatening to me. A little off, but didn’t seem threatening to me. ”

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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