Arrest made in January 15, 2016 Homicide

SARASOTA, Fla. -- January 20, 2015 -- 3:30 p.m.

Sarasota Police Officers working with the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Taskforce have arrested Rufus L. Adams, 34 (date of birth 4/29/1981).  Rufus Adams has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder in connection to the death of William B. Shipp which occurred on January 15, 2016.  At about noon today, Adams was arrested without incident as a result of a traffic stop which occurred in the 5900 block of North Shade Avenue, Sarasota.

This arrest was in reference to the homicide which occurred on Friday, January 15, 2016 where Sarasota Police Officers responded to 1524 25th Street, Sarasota, at approximately 6 a.m. for a shooting.  When they arrived, they found Shipp with gunshot wounds.  Shipp was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he died several hours later.

The motive and case remains under investigation.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at