Man faces charges in connection to Portsmouth homicide on High Street

Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 12:55:32-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portsmouth Police have arrested and charged a man in connection to a homicide that took place late Monday evening.

Around 11:50 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of High Street for a gunshot wound incident.

When officers arrived they found 32-year-old Brandon Edwards, with life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Detectives have identified 43-year-old William J. Pickens II as a suspect. He was arrested and charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and reckless handling of a firearm.

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