Jamal James Brown

UPDATED 9:20 P.M. SUNDAY:

Suspect in custody

Tuskegee police report that around 9 p.m. Sunday the suspect sought in Saturday night's fatal shooting turned himself in at the Tuskegee police station.

He was arrested and remains in custody on charges of murder and firing into an occupied building, police confirmed.

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Original report:

Tuskegee police and other area law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a weekend homicide investigation and who may be hiding in the Auburn or Macon County area, authorities said.

Auburn officials Sunday night issued a statement to clarify that no sighting of the suspect had been reported in the city and that the entire general area surrounding Macon County is included in the search, not just Auburn.

The suspect's last known address is in northwest Auburn.

Tuskegee police responded at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday to the McDonald’s restaurant in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Tuskegee after receiving reports of a man with a gun and another man shot.

Upon arrival, officers discovered 18-year-old Cedric Howard, of Tuskegee, with several gunshot wounds. Howard was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Tuskegee police and Central Alabama CrimeStoppers released information Sunday afternoon regarding the suspect and the search for him, including a photo.

“Police are now searching for 23-year-old Jamal James Brown. Brown was last seen wearing a green baseball cap and a green shirt,” a statement said.

“Investigators believe that he may be hiding in the Auburn or Macon County area,” it said. “He is a suspect wanted for murder and considered armed and dangerous.”

Tuskegee Assistant Chief Loyd Jenkins confirmed Sunday evening that the search continued, and that local authorities including the Auburn Police Division are assisting in the manhunt. No additional information on the case was available.

Auburn Police Division added its statement Sunday night shortly after 8:30 p.m., which included information that the suspect has resided in Auburn:

"The Auburn Police Division is aware of the homicide that occurred in Tuskegee on July 6. The suspect in this case, Jamal James Brown, 23 years old, is originally from Macon County; his last known address was in northwest Auburn.

"He has not been located in, nor have there been reports that he is in Auburn. Regardless, the Auburn Police Division is aiding in determining his whereabouts. Citizens should be aware of his information and contact police immediately if he is seen or believed to be in the area."

CrimeStoppers requested that anyone with information regarding Brown’s whereabouts or with information about the case to call its tip line at 334-215-STOP (7867).

The Tuskegee Police Department can be reached at 334-421-7622.

The Auburn Police Division can be reached at (334) 501-3140 or at the tip line, (334) 246-1391.

 

Troy Turner is editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. He previously served as the news editor in New York for the nation's second largest newspaper company, and as the senior editor at several other news entities around the nation. He is an Auburn alum.


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