Homicide detectives searching for accused York City killer


York City homicide victim Andrew Heyward Jackson was killed by a man he'd previously beaten up, police said.

Cody Paul Stiffler is now wanted for the Sept. 1 shooting death, according to charging documents filed Friday.

Stiffler, 23, of 1209 Eberts Lane in York City, was still on the lam as of Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, Bankert said.

Once captured, Stiffler will be charged with homicide.

Jackson, 23, whose last-known address was on Walnut Street, was shot in his torso and left arm, documents state.

Police were called to the 300 block of East Cottage Place shortly before 8 p.m. and found Jackson — known as "New York" and "NY" — lying on his back in the hallway of 342 E. Cottage Place, dead of gunshot wounds, according to documents.

Jackson did not live in the building, but ran inside after being shot, Bankert has said.

Previous run-ins: Charging documents state that about a week before Jackson was gunned down, "there were several incidents between the victim 'NY' and Cody with at least one incident where a physical fight occurred between the two."

Bankert said it's unclear what the men were fighting about, but that Jackson "got the best of" Stiffler and won the fistfight.

Witnesses reported seeing a man wearing all dark clothing fire a handgun several times in the direction where Jackson had been standing, documents state. The shooter then ran off, the gun still in his hand, police said.

Prior to the gunfire, the man had been in a gold car, police said. After getting out, he pulled up the hood of his sweatshirt and put on large-frame sunglasses before walking toward Jackson, documents state.

Meeting planned: Another witness told police he walked to the area with Jackson to meet "an unknown subject" and while they were standing in the block he heard Jackson say, "What the f— is this," according to documents.

When the witness turned around, he saw someone dressed in all black, wearing big sunglasses, fire several times at Jackson, according to charging documents.

Detectives also tracked down a witness who told them Stiffler went home that night carrying two guns — a .38-caliber revolver and a 9mm handgun, documents state.

'I got NY': Stiffler told the witness, "I did something serious ... I got NY," according to documents.

"Cody then advised that he took a cold shower to close his pores ... so the gunshot residue would get off of his skin," documents state.

Bankert dismissed the idea.

"That doesn't make it go away," Bankert said. "These (beliefs) are fictitious, stemming from TV shows that emphasize crime-scene processing."

Jackson was originally from New York and recently lived in York City, where it's believed he stayed with different people, according to the lieutenant.

Criminal past: His criminal history in York County includes being charged with attempted homicide for a York City shooting, being charged with dealing drugs and being charged with illegally possessing a weapon.

The shooting charges were dropped for lack of evidence, according to court records. The drug-dealing charge was dropped when he pleaded guilty to a lesser offense, and in the weapons case he pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon and two counts of child endangerment, records state.

Anyone with information about Stiffler's whereabouts — or about Jackson's homicide — is asked to call city police at (717) 846-1234, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.