BY JUSTIN MINYARD
West Point Police Department investigators have been rummaging through evidence and leads to make a speedy arrest in the Jan. 22 Town Creek Apartments shooting, which left an individual with a gunshot wound to the neck. But the shooter made investigators' jobs easier by turning himself in at about 10:30 a.m. Friday.
According to a press release issued by the WPPD, the shooter, West Point resident Deylon Antonio Harris, 17, was accompanied by family members Friday as he made his way into the department headquarters.
Harris' name and face was plastered over local media publications and newscasts Thursday night after investigators named him a suspect in the shooting. West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley did not comment on questions regarding why Harris was deemed the primary suspect and said doing so would "blow the lid on the investigation wide open."
Brinkley said the department was not sideswiped by Harris' sudden decision to toss in the towel and turn himself in.
"Usually when we send (suspect's) pictures and a press release to the TV stations and they (air) on TV, it's usually within a couple of days they surrender," Brinkley said. " ... I think he knew we were looking for him."
Brinkley said had enough time passed, he would have enlisted the services of US marshals to execute a nationwide search for the alleged gunman. Were a suspect to remain hidden, Brinkley added he would have requested the assistance of federal agencies to help locate him/her overseas.
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