Arrest made almost 2 years after St. Cloud man was fatally shot at Kissimmee home

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday in the 2017 shooting death of a 20-year-old St. Cloud man, the Kissimmee Police Department said.

James Crawford fatally shot Chase Toops on March 12, 2017, at a home on RJ Circle near Michigan Avenue and Mill Slough Road, police spokeswoman Bailey Myers said.

“The investigation into the shooter’s identity has been active since 2017. Continued investigative efforts have led our detectives to link Toops’ death directly to Crawford,” Myers said. “We are actively working to provide more answers for the Toops family.”

Beverly Austin, Toops’ grandmother, told Channel 9 she received a call from a detective Friday morning.

“He called and he said, ‘I need you and your husband here now,'” she said.

Austin said she and her husband traveled to the Police Department to hear the news in person.