UPDATE: Murder suspect Khalid Sharif Walker in police custody

Update from Asheville Police Department:

UPDATE (August 3, 2020):  Khalid Walker turned himself into the custody of the Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff’s Office on the evening of August 1st. The Asheville Police Department is coordinating with that agency to transport Walker back to Buncombe County in order to face the charges against him in this case. 

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

At approximately 2 a.m. on September 1, 2019, the Asheville Police Department (APD) responded to a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound in Hillcrest Apartments. Officers arrived to find that Leon Bernard White, Jr., 36, of Asheville had sustained a gunshot wound. White was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment, but passed away from the injuries that he sustained. Detectives with the APD Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) immediately initiated a homicide investigation.

As a result of the efforts of detectives in this case, Khalid Sharif Walker, 41, of Woodland, NC has been charged with first degree murder. Walker has not been arrested, and the APD is seeking the assistance of the public in locating him. Walker is described as being an African-American male, 5′ 10″ tall, approximately 230 pounds, and having tattoos of “Quitters Never Win, Winners Never Quit” on his left arm, and “Khaliah” on the left side of his neck.

Walker should be considered armed and dangerous, and members of the public should use caution if he is encountered and call 911 immediately. Anyone having information on this case or the potential whereabouts of Walker are encouraged to call 828-252-1110.

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