2012-10-04 / Front Page

Former Countian Arrested In Teen’s Murder

Steffawn Spriggs arrested for Chambersburg shooting


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A former McConnellsburg man will likely be arraigned this week on allegations he murdered an 18-year-old Chambersburg man last month.

Steffawn Spriggs, 23, who has no fixed address, was charged by Chambersburg Police Department investigators last Thursday in the September 17 death of Calvin Beam. Charges currently include first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and persons not to use, possess, control or transfer a firearm.

Reports indicate Spriggs was taken into custody two days following the shooting by U.S. Marshals and Pennsylvania State Parole agents after having escaped from a halfway house in Harrisburg. Spriggs allegedly told police during a follow-up interview he had spoken to Beam the day of his shooting and asked him for some marijuana. He denied any involvement in the shooting, however.

Allegedly in Spriggs’ possession at the time of his capture by law enforcement officials were two .22 caliber long rounds, consistent with the three bullets recovered during Beam’s autopsy, as well as a black and red Cincinnati Reds baseball hat.

According to reports, Spriggs approached Beam and a witness at the rear of the Texas Lunch on Lincoln Way West. The witness said he walked with the men in the direction of Franklin Street after Spriggs allegedly pointed a silver handgun at them. When asked what was going on, Spriggs is accused of replying, “I’m gonna make a (expletive) stink before my birthday.”

The witness was told at one point to leave but reportedly circled around in his vehicle before parking nearby. He returned to the scene at the Salvation Army parking lot to be told by a police officer there had been a shooting.

Beam was transported to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries, which consisted of three gunshot wounds. Prior to passing, Beam described the shooter as a black male with a long beard, white long-sleeved shirt and a black and red Cincinnati Reds baseball hat.

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