Arrest made after 17-year-old shot and killed in Bartow

Polk County

(Photo: Bartow Police Department)

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – A 19-year-old is accused of killing another teenager who died in Bartow on Sunday night, police said.

According to the Bartow Police Department, Cordell Williams of Lakeland is charged with murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Joseph White.

On Sunday night, police responded to reports of shots fired in the 1000 block of Golfview Avenue and found White in the front yard.

Police said he had suffered a gunshot wound. Paramedics were unsuccessful at trying to revive him.

Williams was later arrested in connection with White’s death. He is charged with murder.

The nature of their dispute remains unclear.

Police did not provide any further details regarding the investigation.

Those with information regarding the incident are encouraged to call Bartow Police Detective Warren at 863-534-5046. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 800-226-TIPS (8477).


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