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Hermitage Man Arrested for New Year's Morning Fatal Shooting



Hermitage Precinct detectives this afternoon charged Erik Moreno, 23, of Plantation Drive, with criminal homicide for the New Year’s morning fatal shooting of Brandon Saunders, 33, inside Saunders’ home on Willesden Green Court.

The investigation shows that both Moreno and Saunders were intoxicated and handling pistols. It was initially unclear whether the fatal gunshot wound to Saunders’ head was accidentally self-inflicted. The guns had been moved prior to police arrival shortly before 3 a.m. Detectives determined that Moreno fired the shot after re-interviewing a witness who was present.

Moreno is jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond.


Brandon Saunders, 33