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Police: 14-year-old suspected of fatally shooting teen girl, involved in high-speed chase in custody

According to court records, Michael McCurdy is charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Unique Prater.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police on Tuesday arrested a 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl earlier this month, CrimeTracker 10's Lacey Crisp confirmed.

Michael McCurdy, who police say also goes by “Mike Mike,” was arrested around 9:30 a.m. without incident in the North Linden area. According to court records, he’s charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Unique Prater.

On Dec. 31, officers were called to east Columbus on a report of a deceased girl.

When officers arrived, they found Unique suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A murder warrant was filed against McCurdy for Prater’s death on Jan. 4.

Four days before the shooting, on Dec. 27, police say McCurdy and two other teens were found in a stolen vehicle. All three were taken into custody but McCurdy was later released.

On Jan. 13, McCurdy was also involved in a high-speed chase involving another stolen vehicle.

According to police reports, McCurdy and another teen led officers throughout three central Ohio highways, where they reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

When the chase ended, the two were able to run away from the officers.

According to McCurdy’s juvenile record, he has faced dozens of charges dating back to 2021 including assault, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and failure to comply with the court's order of wearing a GPS ankle monitor.

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