YNW Melly Reportedly Now a Suspect in Deputy's Shooting Death

Melly is currently behind bars in connection with another alleged murder.

YNW Melly

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YNW Melly

YNW Melly is now reportedly considered a suspect in the shooting death of a deputy.

Melly and YNW Bortlen are both allegedly suspects in the 2017 death of Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy Gary Chambliss, per an XXL-spotted article by local Florida outlet VeroNews.

"After that shooting in Miramar, our detectives will be following up for possible information in connection to the Garry Chambliss homicide," Capt. Tony Consalo told reporters Thursday. "Perhaps, given their current situation, they might be able to shed some light on the case."

Consalo did not directly confirm whether both men had been officially made suspects. The VeroNews report cites "high-ranking law enforcement sources" saying investigators believe they were involved in the shooting death of the off-duty deputy. These sources also claim that the fact that Melly and Bortlen were allegedly at the scene of the shooting in Gifford two years ago is "common knowledge" among locals. Furthermore, these same sources have alleged detectives now believe one of them fired the shot that ultimately killed Chambliss. Melly and Bortlen are accused of having been "standing in a group and firing gunshots" when Chambliss was hit by a stray bullet.

The Indian River County Sheriff's office did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

Earlier this month, Melly and Bortlen were arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with a separate incident. Miramar police said they believe the two fatally shot two close friends before attempting a cover-up in which they altered the scene to look like the result of a drive-by.

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