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Police identify man found dead in street Feb. 8

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The man found dead of a gunshot wound early the morning of 12:45 a.m. was identified as 54-year-old Eric Smothers.

Smothers was found injured on Benedict Road, near the intersection of Moncrief Road and West 45th Street, about 12:45 a.m. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died. 

Witnesses in the area said they heard a verbal argument before the shooting.

Smothers lived nearby, according to the police report.