Metro-East News

Police locate person of interest in Alton shooting death

Cameron D. Matlock
Cameron D. Matlock

Police have located a person of interest possibly connected to the death of an Alton man earlier this month, but the man accused of shooting and killing Derrance G. Taylor is still at large.

Alton Police Department Lt. Jarrett Ford said police are no longer seeking Dejuan J. Bean Jr., 23, who may have been involved in the death. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis last week identified Bean as a person of interest in the case.

Police found Taylor, 34, lying dead on Union Street around 4 a.m. on May 14. He died of gunshot wounds, police said.

The man accused of murdering Taylor, Cameron D. Matlock, 25, is still at large. The Madison County State’s Attorney charged him earlier this month with three counts of first degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Police warn the public to not approach or contact Matlock, but to instead call police immediately. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Matlock’s whereabouts can contact the Alton Police Department at 618-463-3505 or the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis at 618-463-3505 ext. 645.

The Major Case Squad, the region’s homicide task force, was originally called in to investigate the death, but the squad has been disbanded and the Alton Police Department will handle the rest of the investigation, the lieutenant said.