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Murder suspect arrested in Ga.

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- One of the men wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in January was arrested Thursday afternoon in Georgia, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. G.N. Losh.

Tyerus Brandon "Tank" Hayes, 29, of Detroit, was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga., near Atlanta, by U.S. Marshals and deputies with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, according to reports from Losh and booking information from the State of Georgia.

Federal warrants were filed on Jan. 4 charging Hayes and Terry Nicholas Morton, 34, also of Detroit, with crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for first-degree murder.

In the warrants, investigators stated they believed both men had left West Virginia in the hours that followed the Jan. 2 shooting that killed Christopher Carter, 25, of Huntington, according to the court documents.

The shooting happened about 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 2 at Forest Bluff Apartments, Unit No. 7036. The complex is located along Beech Drive, off East Pea Ridge Road near Barboursville.

Carter received three gunshot wounds and died later at a local hospital. Detectives have information linking Carter to stolen heroin, according to a state murder warrant that was part of the federal filing.

The murder warrant stated an undisclosed amount of heroin was stolen from Hayes and Morton on Jan. 1. Another witness told investigators both men had "made threats to kill people that had stolen from them."

Hayes and Morton then engaged in a physical altercation with Carter at Forest Bluff, according to the federal and state filings. The documents further stated Hayes physically assaulted Carter several times, all while Morton brandished and fired a semiautomatic pistol, striking Carter three times in the upper portion of his body.

Losh said Hayes would be extradited to West Virginia, and he credited the cooperation of several law enforcement agencies in Hayes' arrest.

"We can't help when people flee the area, but that doesn't mean that we are going to stop looking for them," said Losh. "The good point about law enforcement agencies working together is that means we can get you wherever you go."

Losh noted that authorities still are searching for Morton.

Information concerning his whereabouts can be provided anonymously by calling 304-528-5555 or simply dial 911.

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