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Jose Melendez-Davila

Miss. homicide suspect arrested in Morgan City

Morgan City police and parish and federal authorities have arrested a man wanted in a Mississippi homicide.

City officers, parish deputies and U.S. deputy marshals located Jose Angel Melendez-Davila, 33, at 4:49 a.m. Friday at a home on Eighth Street in Morgan City.

Melendez-Davila was wanted in the shooting death of a young male and the wounding of a woman in Jones County, Mississippi.

TV station WTOK quoted the Jones County Sheriff's Office as saying the shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Thursday on Toombs Road. The woman Melendez-Davila is accused of shooting was his girlfriend, and the fatality is her son, the station reported.

Jones County authorities said Melendez-Davila was gone when they arrived at the scene of the shooting, but witnesses identified him as the shooter and described the vehicle in which he fled.

That vehicle was later found at a business on 15th Avenue in Laurel.

Jones County asked the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force for help.

At about 2 a.m. Friday, Morgan City police posted a Facebook message saying that Jones County deputies were looking for Melendez-Davila and that he is known to have ties to this area.

The post warned that Melendez-Davila was believed to be armed and dangerous.

Another post Thursday by a Tri-City area resident posted pictures of Melendez-Davila and a young woman and said, "This man shot my friend and her son leaving her oldest son dead and her in critical condition because she was trying to get out of an abusive relationship."

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