Man suspected of shooting fatality near Nichols Junior High arrested

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:41pm

ARLINGTON--The Arlington Police Department arrested a suspect today in the fatal shooting of an Arlington man. Kelly Jerome Upton, 44, is being held in the Arlington City Jail and facing a murder charge for the shooting death of Roland C. Tucker, 31 of Arlington. Bail is set at $500,000.

Upton was an acquaintance of Mr. Tucker. Based on prior history between Mr. Tucker and the suspect, homicide detectives were led to believe that Upton might have been responsible for this incident.

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, homicide detectives talked to witnesses who heard gunshots and spotted a man with a gun near Mr. Tucker’s body.  The witnesses described seeing a man wearing blue jeans, light-colored shirt and a dark hat.  The man’s description matched Upton’s physical appearance. Investigators learned that Upton was staying in Irving.

This morning, investigators saw him get into a vehicle, which officers stopped during a traffic violation. Upton, who was a passenger in the vehicle, agreed to speak with officers at the Arlington Police Department.  The female driver was allowed to leave, but officers followed the woman who had been in the vehicle with Upton and saw her carrying a duffel bag from a nearby motel. When officers made contact with her, she gave the bag to police, who located a handgun inside. Investigators believe that weapon is connected to the shooting of Mr. Tucker.

Tiara Ellis Richard
Arlington Police Office of Communication
Media Relations Coordinator

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