UPDATE: Police investigate homicide in Lebanon, suspect charged


Jason Mahecha

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — Early Saturday morning, police were dispatched to the area of 7th and Willow streets in Lebanon, where they found Elliott Thomas, 39, from Minersville with an apparent gunshot wound. Thomas was pronounced dead by the Lebanon County Coroners Office, according to a release from the Lebanon City Police Department.

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After an initial investigation, Lebanon police officers have charged Jason Mahecha, 19, of York, with Homicide and Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, but he has not yet be apprehended as of Tuesday, Nov. 16.

According to police, the suspect was involved in an argument with a group of people outside of a business at the corner of 7th and Willow streets. The argument became physical, and at some point, the suspect brought out a handgun.

Police allege that the suspect fired the gun, struck the victim, then fled in a vehicle that was parked in a nearby parking lot.

Police are actively investigating the incident, and anyone who has information about the altercation or are Mahecha’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lebanon City Police Department at 717-272-2054 or Crime Stoppers at 717-270-9800.

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