Jamazia Tillery was taken into custody in Raleigh this afternoon and was initially being booked into the Wake County Detention Center, Littleton police Chief Phillip Trivette confirmed this evening.
Trivette said the investigation is currently ongoing and searches are underway in the state’s capital for any evidence at a residence where Tillery was located.
Currently the 22-year-old Roanoke Rapids man is expected to be charged with felony murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intrent to kill, firing into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The charges stem from the shooting death of his former girlfriend and mother of their child — 20-year-old Montasia Arrington — Tuesday morning. Arrington’s mother was also shot in the hip but was released from medical care.
“The United States Marshals are the key to everything,” the police chief said, adding their fugitive task force was assisted by the Raleigh Police Department tactical team.
Tillery was captured around 4:30 p.m.
Trivette said Roanoke Rapids police received information on Tillery’s whereabouts and the town’s police department got another piece of information from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. “They were all instrumental. The Lord took care of us.”
There is a sense of relief from Tillery’s capture, the police chief said. “I didn’t want him coming back to my town and wreaking havoc on my citizens.”
Tillery left Littleton after the shooting death and headed to Raleigh where he has friends and family, Trivette said.
Tillery also faces charges lodged by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department for an April 2 crime in which officers said he assaulted Arrington with his fists and cut her with a knife as she tried to defend herself.
In that case he faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, communicating threats, kidnapping, and damage to property.
In the Littleton crime which occurred shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday town police received a call in which a young woman and her mother had been shot at an apartment on Little Drive off Ferguson Street.
Montasia’s mother, 48-year-old Teresa Arrington, was shot inside the apartment.
Montasia was shot inside the apartment and then outside. She was found deceased at the scene.