Minden police are investigating the death of a man as a homicide after his body was found late Sunday night.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said the body of 35-year-old Tyrone Sumlin was found by Sumlin’s girlfriend just after 11:30 p.m. outside of his vehicle at their home on Quarles Street.

Cropper said Sumlin had a wound to the back of the head and investigators weren’t initially sure if was shot or if he suffered from blunt force trauma because there was no visible exit wound.

The Webster Parish Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

Sumlin’s body was sent to Little Rock for an autopsy where it was confirmed he was shot at close range by a medium caliber gun, Cropper said.

Investigators were back on the scene Monday morning searching for shell casings and interviewing neighbors.

One neighbor reportedly told officers Sunday night they heard what sounded like a gunshot around 9 p.m.

Anyone with information on Sumlin’s death is asked to call the Minden Police Department at 318-371-4226.

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