1 arrested after 18-year-old shot dead in Orlando, police say

Caleb Charlie Kevin Oliver, 19, arrested

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was arrested in Longwood on Tuesday, suspected of fatally shooting an 18-year-old over the weekend in Orlando, according to police.

Jamarie Lavor Searcy was found dead Sunday by officers responding to a shooting call at 5:56 p.m. on Judith Lane, the Orlando Police Department said.

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The suspect was identified as Caleb Charlie Kevin Oliver, 19, according to a news release. An affidavit for an arrest warrant described the circumstances investigators believe led to the shooting, as well as their interactions with witnesses and Oliver after the fact.

Caleb Charlie Kevin Oliver, 19 (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

At the scene Sunday, Orlando police said they observed Searcy lying in a yard with Oliver about 10 feet away, also lying on the ground. A spent .45-caliber shell casing was located nearby and Searcy was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

After the shooting, before the arrival of police, witnesses reported seeing a group of juveniles dragging, kicking and beating Oliver, asking “Why did you shoot him?,” according to the affidavit.

On Tuesday, Orlando police were notified that Oliver had spoken about shooting and killing someone on Judith Lane, spontaneously saying so during an ambulance ride to a hospital in Longwood, investigators said. OPD detectives met with Oliver, reporting that he — again, spontaneously — described the incident before he was able to be read his Miranda rights. According to police, Oliver stated the victim robbed him at gunpoint a few months prior and that the confrontation began in an effort to get his things back, adding he used an unattended handgun.

“They set me up... whooped me because I killed their homeboy,” Oliver told the detectives, according to the affidavit.

Post-Miranda, Oliver delved further into the initial, alleged robbery, as well as the fallout.

While the two were hanging out in a nearby park, Oliver said Searcy grabbed his property and walked away. When Oliver motioned to retrieve the property, Searcy pointed a handgun at him and said “Don’t come towards me,” the affidavit states.

Months later, Sunday evening, investigators were told Searcy met Oliver on Judith Lane while the 19-year-old played video games with an acquaintance. Searcy and another individual allegedly showed a large .45-caliber handgun to the two; Oliver told police he internally debated whether to call the police and turn Searcy in for armed robbery, or to hold him at gunpoint.

Oliver retrieved the .45 and left the shed, police said, approaching Searcy and telling him to “give me my (expletive) back.” Searcy immediately reached into his waistband to pull a Taurus handgun, at which point Oliver said he felt threatened and was prompted to shoot Searcy, according to investigators. Several witnesses held Oliver down until police arrived, but ran when officers got there, the affidavit states.

Oliver faces a charge of first degree murder with a firearm. His first court appearance is expected to occur Wednesday afternoon.

Orlando police asked the public for any additional information about the case, requesting it be sent in by calling 321-235-5300 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Note: Due to the information provided, this map depicts the general area of the incident and not necessarily its exact location.


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Brandon, a UCF grad, joined the ClickOrlando team in November 2021. Before joining News 6, Brandon worked at WDBO.