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Suspect arrested in Pearl-Cohn student's death

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Eric L. Goodner (Photo from Metro PD) Eric L. Goodner (Photo from Metro PD)

The teen suspected of killing a Pearl-Cohn High School student earlier this month has been arrested.

Eric L. Goodner, 17, was apprehended Wednesday afternoon at the Village Place Apartments, located in the 100 block of Oak Valley Drive.

Goodner is accused of shooting 17-year-old Johnathan Johnson the morning of April 11 as Johnson left home to catch a school bus on 10th Avenue North.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted Metro police in locating and arresting Goodner, who is now is charged with criminal homicide in Juvenile Court.

Investigators said they suspect additional charges, and a motive is unknown in the shooting.

Police have not released details on the apartment where Goodner was found and whether anyone was assisting him in hiding from law enforcement since the shooting.

The victim's mother asked that the family of her son's alleged killer also receive support.

"We need to continue to pray for his family, because he's a child, too. And that's what I'm hoping for right now is to uplift his family," said Shenna Johnson, mother of the victim.

Investigators credit a community effort to apprehend Goodner, including an anonymous citizen's $500 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

"That's what this is all about: community. When we have things like that we need people to come forward and help us out. We need that support," said North Precinct Police Cmdr. Terrence Graves.

Police said Goodner was uncooperative with their questions after his arrest.

State prosecutors will likely seek a transfer for Goodner to be tried in adult criminal court.

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