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Teen killed in Ozark identified; suspect charged - Dothan Eagle: News

Teen killed in Ozark identified; suspect charged

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 2:08 pm

The Ozark teenager killed in a shooting Sunday night has been identified as 17-year-old Christian Markoff.

Another teenager, 18-year-old Quashawn Marquise Knight, has been charged with murder in Markoff's death.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said Knight and a 15-year-old, who has not been named, were both taken into custody on Monday and charged with murder. Knight is being held without bail at the Dale County Jail. The juvenile is being held at the Southeast Alabama Juvenile Diversion Center. Spivey said additional arrests are possible.

Along with the two suspects, police also recovered a 9mm handgun which is believed to be the murder weapon.

"Two shots were fired and one shot struck the victim in the chest," Spivey said.

Markoff and one of the suspects were students at Carroll High School. Spivey said they discovered a possible motive for the shooting, but he didn't not release the details.

Just before or after the shooting, a picture was posted on Knight's Facebook page, appearing to show him pointing a handgun at the camera.

Ozark police first responded after a report of a possible gunshot assault on Young Avenue near the intersection of Young Avenue and Yancey Street just after 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Emergency personnel found Markoff in the street suffering from gunshot wound to the chest. An Ozark ambulance took him to Dale Medical Center where he later died from his injuries suffered in the shooting. It was the first murder in Ozark in two years.

Agents with the 33rd Judicial Circuit Violent Crimes Task Force along with investigators with the criminal investigation division (CID) of the Ozark Police Department responded to the shooting.

Anyone with information can call task force agents at 334-774-0482 or the Ozark Police Department at 334-774-6803.

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