Police in Farmington Hills, Mich. arrested two suspects in the shooting death of a Lebanon man Aug. 10.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said Michigan police arrested Derrick Devaughn Carr, 20, of Nashville on Thursday morning after a car he was riding in was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence. He said a second suspect, Shaun Derrick Betty Jr., 20, of Nashville, was detained but released because he gave officers a fake identity.
"Once at booking, police discovered Carr was wanted in our city," Bowen said. "Police also learned that his accomplice, Shawn Betty Jr., was in the car with him but he lied about his identity and had been released. Later that morning, police found Betty. Both Carr and Betty will be transported to Wilson County to stand trial for their charges."
U.S. marshals found Betty at about 11 a.m., Bowen said.
Carr and Betty are wanted for the shooting death of Andre D. Logue and shooting Justin L. Johnson. The incident happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 at 32 Dedmon Street.
On Aug. 17, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added the two suspects to its 10 most wanted list.
On Aug. 13, a Wilson County grand jury indicted Carr and Betty for first-degree premeditated murder, felony first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon involved.
TBI agents said both Carr and Betty were likely in possession of a .45-caliber handgun and a .9 mm handgun and believed to be driving a newer model red Ford Mustang with unknown license plate number.
Lebanon police Aug. 15 caught three men accused of firing shots into two Lebanon duplexes a day before.
Police charged Joshua Knight, 25, Lavon Knight, 26, and Marcus Baker, all of Lebanon, with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting that happened Aug. 14 at about 6:30 p.m. on Toshiba Drive.
“We believe there were more than just these three there,” said Bowen.
He said investigators believe the incident Aug. 14 is connected to a shooting early Aug. 10 that killed Logue.
Police believe the suspects drove up to the duplex in a silver car, got out and fired several shots toward the home. Gunshots hit the front of the duplex and lodged in interior walls, the front door and one of the vehicles.
Bowen said more than 10 people, including more than a half-dozen children between the ages of 6 and 12, were in the home at the time of the shooting.
“It’s just a miracle no one was injured,” said Bowen. “God was looking over them.”
Two of the residents were outside when the shooters approached, but they were able to take cover inside the home, according to Bowen.
On Aug. 16, Bowen said investigators continued to monitor social networking sites where threats were exchanged. He also said an apparent fight in the Lebanon High School cafeteria Thursday was related to the case.
“There are threats going back and forth, but hopefully when we charge three people and hold them on a $300,000 bond each, it sends a message.” Bowen said. “Right now, we are following every lead we can right now.
“Nothing positive is going to come out of someone else getting hurt. What we don’t need is someone else to get hurt. I know Andre wouldn’t want anyone else to get hurt.”
Bowen said police also issued a $1,000 reward each for information leading to the capture of either Carr or Betty.
“We are working with TBI, FBI and the Nashville Gang Unit,” Bowen said. “We are doing everything we can to get these guys caught. We are offering a $1,000 each on these suspects, and the grand jury indicted them on several charges. Obviously the main thing right now is getting them arrested.”
Bowen said active criminal homicide warrants were signed and placed on file for Carr and Betty the same day the shooting incident happened. He said both men are known members of the “Tree Top Bloods” gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.
“Obviously we are in the middle of the investigation,” said Bowen. “We believe there are multiple people involved, and we believe it to be gang related, but we are certain the victim wasn’t involved in a gang.”
Bowen said officers received a shots fired call at 48 Dedmon Street last Saturday at about 5:31 a.m. He said officers arrived to find a man shot to death at 32 Dedmon Street.
Bowen later identified the man as Logue, of 214 Stroud Drive.
According to Bowen, officers found a second shooting victim later Saturday morning at University Medical Center. He said investigators believe Johnson, 26, is a resident of and was also shot at 32 Dedmon Street. Police said Johnson was driven to the hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said Johnson was treated and released Saturday morning. Bowen said Johnson was not charged or in police custody.
Bowen said anyone with information should call Lebanon police at 615-444-2323 or the TBI at 800-TBI-FIND.
This was the first shooting death reported in Lebanon since December 2012.