Police are investigating the death of a man believed to have been shot outside a Monticello apartment complex.

The body of Ja’Marius Raymon Lewis, 21, of Monticello was found early Tuesday morning along a walkway at the Turtle Creek Apartments, according to a news release from the State Police, which is assisting the Monticello Police Department in the homicide investigation.

Monticello police officers responded to the apartment complex, located on North Slemmons Street, at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, they found Lewis’ body. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police suspect Lewis was shot outside one of the apartments.

The body is being transported to the State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

The investigation into the death is continuing today and state police special agents will continue to work closely with Monticello authorities and the 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney.