Man wanted for murder in Sikeston turns himself into police

Sikeston murder suspect surrenders

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - A man wanted for murder and believed to be armed and dangerous is in police custody.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety said Kyle Martinez Johnson, 28, of Sikeston, turned himself into police Tuesday evening, March 2.

Johnson was charged with murder second, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A bond has not been set.

In a Facebook post, Sikeston DPS said pressure from social media helped Johnson with the decision of turning himself into authorities.

Police had been searching for Johnson in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Jacob Moore, also of Sikeston.

Sikeston DPS said they were called to a shooting at William at Carroll Streets around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18.

When they arrived, they found Moore dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Jacob Moore was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. (Photo courtesy of family)
Jacob Moore was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. (Photo courtesy of family) (Source: Photo courtesy of family.)

The SEMO Major Case Squad was activated. Investigators identified a suspect as Kyle Johnson after talking to several people.

They considered Johnson to be armed and dangerous.

According to police, they learned there was an altercation between Johnson and another person. They told police Moore walked up to the two men and was shot in the chest.

Moore’s mother, Jalanda Fennell, told us he was not the fighting type. She said he always wanted to help others.

“I mean, he was the type that if he saw an old person in the grocery store bagging their groceries, he would go over and help them and take them to the car for the. That’s the kind of stuff that he did,” she said.

Sikeston police found Johnson’s car on Friday afternoon at an apartment complex on the corner of Apache Drive and Montgomery Street.

SWAT team members went inside, but did not find Johnson.

Police continued their search for Johnson.

Sikeston DPS found the car they believed Kyle Martinez Johnson was driving at an apartment complex on Friday afternoon.
Sikeston DPS found the car they believed Kyle Martinez Johnson was driving at an apartment complex on Friday afternoon. (Source: Sikeston DPS)

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