‘Armed and dangerous’ suspects wanted in Waynesboro murder now in custody

‘Armed and dangerous’ suspects wanted in Waynesboro murder now in custody

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Two suspects wanted by Waynesboro police in connection with the April 21 shooting death of Kamarcus West are now behind bars. WPD Chief Investigator Don Hopkins said Omni Tajor Turner and Kaeshawn Damonta Turner are now in custody.

Hopkins said Omni was arrested Thursday afternoon by U.S. Marshals in Elyria, OH. Omni was wanted for first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Officials in Ohio said Omni was also wanted in Lorain County for assault.

"Our task force wasted no time joining in the manhunt for this violent fugitive from Mississippi. As soon as we heard he was hiding out in the Cleveland area we immediately started looking for him which lead to a safe and speedy arrest," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott in a news release.

Omni is being held at the Lorain County Jail pending extradition to Mississippi.

According to the Hattiesburg Police Department, Kaeshawn turned himself in to HPD on Thursday afternoon. He was wanted for accessory to first-degree murder and accessory to two counts of aggravated assault. Hopkins said he expects Kaeshawn to be extradited to Wayne County soon.

Aaron Paul McClendon and Mallie McGrew have also been charged in the ongoing investigation into a recent spike in gang-related violence in Waynesboro.

McClendon is charged with first-degree murder in the April 26 shooting of DreCharles Henry and two counts of weapons possession by a felon. He is behind bars on a $2 million bond.

McGrew is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and two counts of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with the shooting that killed West and left two others injured.

Omni, Kaeshawn and McGrew are known members of the Vice Lords street gang, Hopkins said. McClendon is a member of the Gangster Disciples, Hopkins said.

The gang violence began on March 28 when an altercation occurred between McClendon, a member of the Gangster Disciples gang and a member of the Vice Lords, according to Hopkins. The altercation led to the Vice Lords member being stabbed twice in the back of the neck. Hopkins said the stabbing victim refused to cooperate with investigators.

Hopkins said police responded to a shooting the next morning on Gray Street. Police determined that Kaeshawn attempted to kill McClendon, though McClendon was not injured.

Approximately 15 minutes later, police received a call from Kaeshawn, claiming he fired at McClendon only after McClendon shot at his vehicle. Hopkins said investigators determined there was no evidence to support this claim, and McClendon was not armed at the time.

Another shooting occurred on the night of March 30 on Gray Street. Hopkins said Kaeshwan allegedly shot up a vehicle belonging to a relative of McClendon. Police investigated and issued a warrant for Kaeshwan’s arrest on a charge of felony malicious mischief.

Hopkins said things calmed down until the April 21 murder of West. The Gangster Disciples retaliated for his murder on April 26 and killed Henry, who was a member of the Vice Lords, according to police.

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