PARSONS — Parsons police are investigating as a homicide the shooting of a Pittsburg man found dead inside an apartment on the south side of Parsons late Wednesday afternoon.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.
Police were called late Wednesday afternoon to 2612 Kimball, Unit 2, on a report of a dead man in the apartment at Mendota Creek Apartments. Police found Tyjuan Maurice Cambell, 21, of Pittsburg dead inside, according to police. An autopsy conducted determined his death was by homicide.
Parsons Police Chief Jason Sharp said Thursday that Tyjuan had suffered a gunshot wound. He said more than one gunshot was fired, possibly from a handgun.
A Pittsburg Morning Sun article from six years ago spelled a similarly identified person by the last name Campbell, though it’s unclear if they are one and the same person.
After police arrived Wednesday, they began investigating, interviewed potential witnesses and received search warrants for the apartment where Campbell was found, the adjacent apartment as well as a vehicle.
The KBI crime scene investigation unit was on scene overnight Wednesday and most of the day Thursday as were police. The police department had its van backed up to the apartment Thursday as well. Crime scene tape remained around the apartment and was expanded to include the entire structure and other areas as well.
Sharp said Thursday morning that police need to confirm information received through evidence and interviews before releasing more details. A release issued early Thursday evening identified Tyjuan.
Investigators have received conflicting information that they are trying to sort out, he said.
"There's a lot of things that we don't know yet," Sharp said. "We're still trying to confirm."
KBI agents and Parsons police detectives have been in the community interviewing people and patrol officers helped round up interview subjects. The KBI crime scene team was processing the apartments, Sharp said. Investigators and technicians were going to get together Thursday evening to review what they’ve found and where they are in the investigation, he said.
“We all have little bits and none of us have the total package,” Sharp said.
He said three or four KBI agents are working and about the same number of crime scene investigators, in addition to Parsons police force.
On Thursday, the Parsons Fire Department was called to the apartment to cut a hole in the building to provide access and light for investigators, Sharp said. The hole is in the soffit on the north side of the apartment.
This continues to be an active investigation as law enforcement follows up on leads that have developed. If anyone has any information about the crime, they are urged to contact the police department at (620) 421-7060 or email tips to the police tip line at email@example.com or call the tip line at (620) 421-7057.