PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - On Jan. 4, officials said a Pensacola man was arrested and charged with premeditated murder in an incident that occurred Christmas Day.
Police said after an investigation, they determined 22-year-old Mariquse S. Williams was one of a group of males who burglarized a residence December 25, and was shot during a struggle with another male inside the residence.
He is also charged with armed burglary and using/displaying a weapon during a felony, said Capt. David Alexander.
Police said the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Tuesday on North J Street when a group of three to four males burglarized an occupied residence.
Authorities said during the home invasion, and 18-year-old male got into a physical confrontation with Williams, who fired a gun, striking the other male in the hand and foot.
According to reports, police were told one of the other intruders also fired a gun during the affray, and a bullet hit Williams in the stomach. Williams and the other male went to local hospitals for treatment.
A motive for the home invasion/shootings remains under investigation, Alexander said.
Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police
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