JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police said a “tip from an observant citizen” helped them locate 50-year-old George Kenneth Litgen after a shooting on the city’s Southside that left a man critically injured.
Neighbors told News4Jax the victim was Litgen’s half-brother, 25-year-old Sheldon Walker. They said he was shot in the head. Police said the victim is not expected to survive.
Police confirmed the two men have a history of domestic violence against each other.
Saturday’s shooting was reported at 3:20 a.m. in a home on Bunnell Drive. Police said a third man was in the home when the shots rang out, and neighbors told News4Jax the half-brothers live with an 85-year-old man.
A neighbor told News4Jax he heard an argument that woke him up.
“I heard somebody yelling about 3 o’clock in the morning, and when I came out there were several police cars out here; ambulance and fire came a little bit later,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to be named. “It seems like there’s no place that’s not subject to any crime in this town so it’s really surprising.”
A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office helicopter was seen flying over the Windy Hill neighborhood Saturday and the K-9 unit was out searching for the gunman. Police said Litgen should be “considered armed and dangerous” and told the public not to approach if they saw him.
They said someone who spotted Litgen called the tip in and he was arrested on an attempted murder warrant. The police thanked everyone who spread the word.
**UPDATE: Thanks to a tip from an observant citizen, George Litgen has been located and arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Thank you to all who took the time to share his photo and information.** pic.twitter.com/mJcNPUWNmw— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) January 23, 2021
According to JSO records, last November, Walker was arrested on a domestic aggravated battery charge after Walker hit his half-brother over the head with a frying pan. Charges were dropped last month. He’s had other arrests also.
Litgen also has a history of arrests. Among them, he spent time in prison in 2009 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and served time in the county jail in 2016 on a domestic battery charge.
News4Jax has requested Litgen’s previous arrest reports to get more details in those cases.