Manhunt under way for person of interest in Crystal River shooting


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The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating 25-year-old David Jerome Lemon, Jr.

Lemon is wanted for questioning in the February 20, 2020, fatal shooting of Tyler Hopkins, 26, which took place in the quiet, peaceful town of Crystal River.

Lemon is a black male, 5’7″ tall, weighing approximately 165lbs, typically wearing a short beard and medium length dreadlocks.


Lemon is a convicted felon and has an active warrant. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Rumor has it that he might hang out in Marion County from time to time.

That Thursday, a deputy responded to the area after someone reported hearing gunshots near Copeland Park. However, the report of gunshots quickly turned into a homicide investigation.

The shooting had occurred in the front yard of a residence off of Northeast 1st Street in Crystal River, FL.

During the investigation, the deputy learned that prior to his arrival, Hopkins had been transported to Seven Rivers Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds where he was pronounced deceased.

“At this time, Major Crime detectives are working diligently to make sure we turn over every stone. We will unwaveringly continue our investigation into the unfortunate death of our victim, Tyler Hopkins,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tyler.”

The CCSO said they would prefer for Lemon to turn himself in.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121, or to remain anonymous please call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.