Franklin man charged with murder in Suffolk shooting
Published 7:09 pm Friday, May 6, 2022
Suffolk police have charged a Franklin teenager in conjunction with the May 4 shooting death of a Windsor man at Hoffler Apartments on East Washington Street.
Maleek Sailun Meyers, 18, was arrested on felony counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, assault: shoot, stab, etc., in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm in or around a school, and use or discharge firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police identified the victim as Rufus Lindell Artis, 31.
Meyers was also injured in the incident and was treated and released at Obici Hospital.
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.
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 www.p3tips.com, visit the Suffolk Police Department website (www.suffolkva.us/spd) and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link, or go to the Suffolk Police Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suffolkpolicedepartment. You can also call 888-LOCK-U-UP, 1-888-562-5887, Option 5.
Once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access reward information.