Windsor man shot to death in Suffolk, Franklin man injured

Published 3:45 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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A man was shot to death overnight at Hoffler Apartments in the 2200 block of East Washington Street, and police say it may be tied to a previous shooting at the same apartment complex.

Suffolk police identified the victim as Rufus Lindell Artis, 31 of Windsor.

Just after midnight, the Suffolk 911 Center received multiple calls of shots being fired in the area. When officers arrived, they found the body of Artis, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

While officers were on the scene, another person had “self-transported” to Obici Hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said in a news release. The second victim was an 18-year old-male from Franklin, who was treated and released from the hospital. Police did not identify him.

Police said they were investigating a possible connection to a shooting incident at Hoffler Apartments on April 26. In that incident, a juvenile male suffered non-life-threatening injuries and several vehicles and one apartment were struck by gunfire.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident go to, visit the Suffolk Police Department website ( and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at You can also call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5. 

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