BREAKING NEWS: Sanford cops arrest man on gun-related homicide charges after early morning argument over a cigar turns deadly

Sanford homicide victim J Gilson killed over a cigar / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / How ironic that Joshua A. Irwin, shown above, whose shirt color in his booking mug, matches the yellow crime scene tape where he allegedly shot and killed James Gilson, shown here at left, outside the Wyndham apartments where the victim had lived, just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Gilson was pronounced dead at short time after arrival at Central Florida Regional Hospital from a gunshot blast to his chest. Irwin is being held without bond at the James E. Polk Jail Facility pending a first apperance on Wednesday on felony charges of homicide - willful kill - murder dangerous and depraved and  posession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon. Irwin faces life in prison if convicted.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford Police investigators said they have arrested Joseph A. Irwin for the gunshot-homicide of James Gilson, after an argument over a cigar turned deadly several hours before sunrise today.

Here is a synopsis of what is alleged as described by Sanford Police PIO Bianca Gillet in an email alert to Headline Surfer:

"At approximately 2:32 AM, Sanford Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible sexual battery and shooting with injuries at 8302 Wyndham Crest Blvd, in Sanford. Upon arrival, officers found James Gilson, DOB 11/04/1988, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.  Gilson was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. "

The preliminary investigation indicates that Joseph Irwin, DOB 08/25/1983, and his girlfriend, were invited to James Gilson’s apartment as guests. 

"During the early morning hours, an altercation began between Gilson and Irwin over a cigar," Gillet told Headline Surfer. "The altercation escalated from a verbal disagreement into a physical fight.  During the course of the altercation, Irwin grabbed a handgun from a bag of his and his girlfriend’s belongings.  As the altercation became physical, Irwin shot Gilson in the chest with the gun.

"During the early morning hours, an altercation began between Gilson and Irwin over a cigar," Gillet told Headline Surfer. "The altercation escalated from a verbal disagreement into a physical fight.  During the course of the altercation, Irwin grabbed a handgun from a bag of his and his girlfriend’s belongings.  As the altercation became physical, Irwin shot Gilson in the chest with the gun."

Based on the investigation, probable cause was established to arrest Irwin for one count of second-degree homicide (murder)  and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Irwin was arrested and transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford where he's being held without bond. 

Anyone wishing to report information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sanford Police Department or Crimeline at 800 423-TIPS (8477), or visit www.crimeline.org. Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips to Crimeline that lead to solving a felony case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.