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While currently incarcerated and facing two separate first-degree murder charges, emerging Florida rapper YNW Melly is reportedly being questioned regarding a 2017 fatal shooting of Deputy Gary Chambliss.
According to a report published on Thursday (Feb. 21) from local outlet VeroNews, Melly and his friend YNW Bortlen are considered suspects in the shooting death of the Indian River County Sheriff's Department deputy. The officer was reportedly off-duty at the time of the fatal shooting.
As reported, Captain Tony Consalo, the head of the Sheriff's Office's criminal investigations division, and his team are looking into questioning both rappers. Following the Miramar, Florida shooting that initially got the pair arrested, Consalo believes speaking with the two rappers could aid in their investigation.
"After that shooting in Miramar, our detectives will be following up for possible information in connection to the Garry Chambliss homicide," Consalo said in a statement. "Perhaps, given their current situation, they might be able to shed some light on the case."
According to an anonymous source, YNW Melly, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and Bortlen were at the scene of the 2017 incident. Both rappers were reportedly standing with a group of people when someone from within their camp threw a bottle at a passing car. This resulted in the car's driver returning fire. One of the rappers allegedly fired back, hitting Chambliss.
As a teenager, Melly was charged with firing a gun at a group of people near Vero Beach High School in 2015. He was 16 at the time and luckily didn't hit anyone.
Last week, Melly and Bortlen were charged with two counts of first-degree murder after police accused the pair of killing their two friends. Police said they believe YNW Melly and YNW Bortlen attempted to cover up the scene to make it look like it was the result of a drive-by shooting.