Suspect wanted in latest homicide

Press Release: An arrest warrant has been issued regarding a homicide that occurred yesterday afternoon, December 14, near the intersection of Mary Lane and Paula Avenue in Escambia County.

Sheriff’s investigators have obtained a warrant for Cameron Tyler Cherry, 18, of Pensacola. He is wanted for homicide in the death of Robert Witherspoon, 24, of Pensacola.

Deputies responded to a shots fired call at the intersection of Mary Lane and Paula Avenue around 4:42 pm Wednesday, after area residents called 911 and reported hearing gunfire. When deputies arrived they found Witherspoon, who had suffered a gunshot wound, sitting in a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

“Investigators were able name Cherry a suspect after speaking with very cooperative witnesses. In past cases it has been difficult to obtain such cooperation. This is what it’s going to take, the community and the Sheriff’s Office working together, to rid our streets of this unnecessary violence,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson, Deputy Chris Welborn.

Although investigators have a warrant for Cherry, the investigation into Witherspoon’s death is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any other information concerning the case.

Anyone having any information on Cameron Tyler Cherry’s whereabouts’ is urged to contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or contact Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. See photo.