Suspect arrested within hours of fatally shooting Akron-area ride-share driver

Suspect arrested within hours of fatally shooting Akron-area ride-share driver
Intersection near Akron murder scene (Source: Google Maps)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to a deadly shooting of a victim that was working as a ride-share driver at the time.

Investigators said 23-year-old Kahlyl Powe shot and killed a 48-year-old man, lated identified as Kristopher Roukey, on Sunday just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of East Market Street and Buchtel Avenue.

The first officers on the scene found the Roukey inside a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives said he was a driver for a ride-sharing company at the time of the shooting.

Roukey, a Hudson resident, was taken to Akron City Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Powe was quickly identified as a suspect and was arrested a short time after at an apartment on Buchtel Avenue, just blocks from where the murder occurred.

“Senseless violence and murder will not be tolerated in any of our communities in northern Ohio,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated. “Law enforcement will work day and night to bring those wanted for these heinous crimes to justice.  Hopefully the swift arrest of this suspect will bring some closure to the family of the victim.”

A firearm was recovered at the time of Powe’s arrest.

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