Huntsville Police Search for Murder Suspect

The search continued in Huntsville Friday for a murder suspect, after the man police thought was responsible surrendered.

Prompted by family members, Jaffrey Kizzee surrendered to authorities around 1:00 p.m. Friday.

He was wanted for the murder of 21-year-old Jason Ross who was fatally shot Thursday night.

The suspect cooperated with investigators and Kizzee was not arrested. Charges are pending, according to officials.

Police are now searching for a second suspect. Authorities are not releasing the name or description of the suspect.

Officials with the Huntsville Police Department say around 7:15 p.m., they received a call of a shooting in the 900 block of 9th Street in Huntsville.

Police say an argument turned deadly in front of Mance Park Middle School when Jason Ross, of Huntsville, tried to flee the scene.
As he walked away, police say, he was shot in the back twice with a large caliber handgun.

Ross was transported to Huntsville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say it was evidence from the shooting scene, that led them to the Woodhollow Apartments, south of the Sam Houston State campus on Lake Road.

For nearly six hours authorities with the Huntsville Police Department and Walker County Sheriff's Office barricaded a significant portion of the area and told residents to remain in their apartments until further notice.
Some residents were threatened with arrest if they did not comply.

"We developed a belief that there would be some evidence at this particular location," Sgt. Ron Cleere with the Huntsville Police Department said. "We waited until we were able to obtain a warrant for an evidentiary search."

At about 2:15 a.m. Friday, police say they executed the search warrant and broke into a second story apartment where they believed the suspect was hiding, only to find it vacant.
After an hour of searching the apartment, they left the scene.

According to investigators, there is no reason for Huntsville residents to be concerned.
They say the shooting was not a random event, but an incident between two people that knew each other.

Residents at the Woodhollow Apartments say it was an eventful night.

"I came down and talked to the officer who was directing traffic and he actually told me I needed to get inside really fast and lock the doors because I wasn't safe outside," resident Emily Lawrence said. "He didn't tell me anything else and so it was really nerve racking."

"They told us that if you don't live in the area, that we needed to leave," Huntsville resident Stefanie Mitschke said. "Basically they said there was no reason we needed to be outside."

Police believe the murder is drug related.


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