Suspect in deadly Facebook Live shooting turns himself in


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The suspect in the murder of a Union County man that was captured on Facebook Live Monday morning turned himself in to police, according to the sheriff’s office. 

A first-degree murder warrant had been issued for Douglas Cleveland Colson, 65, overnight. He turned himself in to authorities around 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

“I was watching the news and to my ultimate surprise I saw my cousin Douglass Colson and I was totally surprised and I felt like this is not the man that i knew,” said his cousin Fredrick Colson.  

The victim, Prentis Robinson, was shot around 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 on Jerome Street, roughly a block away from Wingate University.

He was found with several wounds, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Robinson was making a Facebook live video when the shooting occurred. 

According to Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay, Robinson had visited the police station about five minutes before the shooting occurred to report a stolen cell phone.

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Sources tell FOX 46 that Robinson had been outing people who were suspected drug dealers in the neighborhood on Facebook. 

Police say they are working to find out the relationship between Colson and Robinson. 

Chief Gay says Colson is a lifelong resident of Union County area, and he has been arrested before. 

With Colson behind bars his cousin says the time is now to do what’s right.

“Seek forgiveness, ask the Lord to forgive you and tell the family to forgive you for it and be man enough to face what you’re about to face,” Colson’s cousin said. 

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