Charges: Man identified his friend as his killer before dying of gunshot wounds

The victim told police his friend shot him and then said "my dying breath."
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A 23-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with fatally shooting his friend last month

Brent Buchan, 23, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of Joshua Boyce, 25, of Minneapolis, on Oct. 25. 

Buchan was arrested Monday and is being held on $1 million bail, jail records show. He is expected to make his first court appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. 

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a house on the 1700 block of Emerson Avenue North at about 11:55 p.m. on Oct. 25, where they found Boyce bleeding in the doorway. 

He told police Boyce shot him and then said "my dying breath," before being taken to the hospital where he died the next day from multiple gunshot wounds, the complaint states. 

Boyce's father told police his son was at the house shortly before being shot, noting he'd left to go buy weed from Buchan, court documents say. 

Boyce's father said the two had been fighting recently because Buchan thought Boyce was involved in the murder of one of his friends, but Boyce thought things were now OK with them, charges state. 

Surveillance video captured the shooting, showing Boyce getting out of a car parked in the alley and walking south. Seconds later, Buchan got out of the car and followed Boyce, before pulling out a gun and shooting. 

The video picked up screams and Boyce saying, "I swear it wasn't me, Brenty."

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Police made efforts to locate Buchan, finally seeing him come out of his house on Monday, Nov. 16, charges state. Officers said it appeared Buchan saw police and drove away quickly, with several officers becoming involved in locating Buchan. 

The complaint says Buchan made "evasive moves to avoid police" before a traffic stop was made and he was arrested. 

Police determined Buchan was in the same gang as the friend who'd recently been murdered, and witnesses and Facebook postings indicate Buchan blamed Boyce for his friend's death.

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