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36-year-old Luis Roces charged with the murder of 30-year-old Austin Fitzgerald at San Marco home



On Sunday, January 21, 2024 at around 1:30 a.m., officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in reference to a reported shooting in the 1800 block of River Road.

Upon arrival, officers, accompanied by members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, located a 30-year-old white male suffering from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound.

The victim, Austin Fitzgerald, was immediately transported to a local hospital where he ultimately died as a result of the injuries sustained in the shooting.

Detectives with JSO’s Homicide Team #5, along with Evidence Technicians, were notified and responded to the scene to begin their respective investigation.

During the preliminary investigation, patrol officers detained several witnesses to the incident along with the potential suspect.

Homicide Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses in the area at the time of the incident, reviewed surveillance video, and interviewed the suspect.

After reviewing all available evidence and consulting with the State Attorney’s Office, Luis Eduardo Roces (White/Male 36) was arrested for Murder in the shooting death of Mr. Fitzgerald.