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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police say a homicide suspect is in jail after he admitted to shooting a 30-year-old Minneapolis man last month when a drug deal went awry in the city’s south side.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged Darrius Parkman, 29, Wednesday with one count of second-degree murder in relation to the Aug. 18 death of Michael Jones, police said.

Jones died at the Hennepin County Medical Center about an hour after being shot in the common hallway of an apartment building in the 2200 block of 5th Avenue South.

Investigators suspected Parkman in the homicide after reviewing Jones’ cellphone records. They then learned that Parkman had fled to Chicago and that officers there arrested him in early September for an unrelated Minneapolis robbery case.

Police say when investigators interviewed Parkman he admitted that he intended to rob Jones on Aug. 18 during a drug deal. However, he said a struggle ensued and it ended with him shooting Jones.

Parkman is currently at the Hennepin County Jail.

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