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Newport News Police Department
Wednesday December 16th, 2009 :: 09:47 a.m. EST



At approximately 9:55 P.M. last night (12/15/09) police responded to the 400 block of Turlington Road to calls of shots fired. Police arrived four (4) minutes later to find 39 year old Aaron Harris in the living room of his apartment. In a bedroom was his girlfriend, 34 year old Tynesha Barksdale, dead of a gunshot wound to the face. The victims’ nine (9) and twelve (12) year old daughters were also in the apartment unharmed.

The preliminary investigation indicates there was a domestic argument between Harris and Barksdale. While the daughters were in the bathroom shots were fired and the victims’ daughters came out and found Ms. Barksdale on her bed bleeding. Ms. Barksdale was pronounced dead of her injuries by responding Medics at 10:07 P.M.

Police questioned Mr. Harris and canvassed the adjoining apartments. Aaron Lynell Harris is charged with murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He remains in the Newport News City Jail on no bond.

Newport News Police Department
9710 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 757-928-4100

Harold O. Eley
Assistant Public Information Officer

400 Turlington Rd
Newport News, VA 23606

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