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Suspect in Fort Bragg shooting death surrenders

Fort Bragg police have arrested a man suspected of shooting to death an acquaintance late Monday night.

Kevin Brunelle, 32, of Fort Bragg, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Curtis James Crowder, 27, at his Walnut Street apartment at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, police said.

Police were out hunting for Brunelle when he walked into the police station at about 3:30 p.m. and turned himself in, said Chief Mark Puthuff.

"He knew we were looking for him," he said.

Brunelle was cleanly showered and wearing fresh clothes but no shoes when he arrived at the police station, said Puthuff, who handcuffed Brunelle and took him into custody.

"He said his shoes were wet," he said.

Brunelle said little else as he was placed under arrest. He was still being interviewed late Tuesday, Puthuff said. No weapon has been recovered and a motive for the shooting remains unknown, he said.

There are no known witnesses to the shooting but Brunelle was seen near the victim's Walnut Street apartment about the time of the killing, said Sgt. Phil Ward. A neighbor reported hearing the gunshot, he said.

Crowder's family and friends were interviewed and are unaware of a reason Brunelle would kill Crowder, he said.


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