Derrick Truehill

Derrick Truehill, via OPSO

A theft from a 7th Ward home may have led to a deadly shooting last weekend about a half-mile away, according to New Orleans police.

The sequence of events is laid out in court documents outlining why Derrick Truehill, 39, was arrested Thursday on one count of second-degree murder in the Nov. 26 shooting death of Antoine Brumfield.

Two other suspects, 19-year-old Dytrell Mcewen and 23-year-old Tyrone Miles, apparently remained at large Friday evening.

About the same time police found Truehill's identification card near Brumfield's body, Truehill called them to say that a stranger had gunned Brumfield down, court records released Friday said.

However, surveillance camera footage recovered by investigators suggested Truehill knew who fired the shot that killed Brumfield in the 1900 block of North Rocheblave Street.

According to investigators, while officers searched the scene of Brumfield's killing for evidence, they found Truehill's ID. He simultaneously called police and invited homicide detectives to his home in the 1900 block of North Johnson Street, investigators said.

Truehill told the detectives that Brumfield had stolen unspecified items from Truehill's home, leading to an argument between them on North Rocheblave. Truehill said someone he didn't know then shot Brumfield multiple times. Brumfield died at the scene.

Truehill's story didn't help him avoid arrest. Investigators later recovered video showing him speaking with two other men, including one whom police described as "the shooter," near where Brumfield was gunned down.

The footage was recorded "a short while" before the deadly attack occurred, police said.

Investigators concluded that Truehill and the two other men confronted Brumfield over a theft that had been reported to police a few days earlier.

Truehill was jailed Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning, police identified Mcewen and Miles as suspects as well. 

All face mandatory life imprisonment if convicted of murdering Brumfield.

Truehill remained behind bars Friday in lieu of $250,000 bail. 

Family members described Brumfield as a security guard who worked on Bourbon Street. He had an 8-month-old daughter as well as several siblings, they said.

Police haven't said whether Brumfield's slaying could be related to a shooting in the 2000 block of North Rocheblave that left a man dead Wednesday afternoon. It is also not clear whether either of those slayings may be related to a quadruple shooting on Sept. 28 that left Mylan Lassai, 18, dead in the 2000 block of North Rocheblave as well.

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