San Diego

Suspect Arrested in Point Loma Heights Killing

Joe Bennette Conway, 41, is accused of fatally shooting Octavia Williams, 20, on Oct. 9 in San Diego’s Point Loma Heights area

A man accused of shooting and killing a young woman after an argument in a parking lot near a grocery store earlier this month has been arrested, San Diego police confirmed Wednesday.

On Oct. 9, just before 11:45 p.m., Joe Bennette Conway, 41, allegedly killed Octavia Williams, 20, after the pair were seen arguing next to a parked car at 4013 W. Point Loma Blvd., near Barons Market and a Domino's Pizza restaurant.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), witnesses reported seeing Williams and Conway talking in the parking lot that night. The conversation escalated to an argument and one gunshot was heard.

Williams was then seen lying on the ground as a dark sedan sped away from the parking lot, investigators said. The young woman was taken to a local hospital where she died a short time later. Williams was from Phoenix, Arizona.

Detectives identified the suspect in the deadly shooting as Conway and released a description of him to the public to track down his whereabouts.

The SDPD said Conway was ultimately found in Tempe, Arizona, and was taken into custody with the help of the Phoenix Police Department. He will be extradited to San Diego to face charges in the victim’s killing.

Further details about the relationship between Conway and Williams were not immediately released. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this case can reach out to the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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