Clayton fugitive nabbed in Mississippi

By Linda Looney-Bond


U.S. Marshals in Mississippi have arrested a man wanted in connection with a Mother's Day shooting death at a Forest Park apartment complex.

Russell James Carpenter, 24, who was listed on the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list, was arrested Friday in Jackson, Miss., according to Lt. Brian Crisp, commander of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad.

Carpenter was wanted in the shooting death of Chavez Denard Watson, 25, of Forest Park, Crisp said.

Crisp did not have information on how Carpenter was located, however the sheriff's office's web site said Carpenter was believed to have ties to the Jackson, Miss., area.

"They [marshals] recovered several handguns," Crisp said. He said authorities did not yet know whether any of the guns was used in the Forest Park shooting.

The shooting incident happened May 10, outside building 46 at the Laurel Pointe Apartments, located at 225 Johnson Road, Clayton County Police Lt. Rebecca Brown said at the time of the incident.

Police said Watson was shot in the torso and forearm, and was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center for treatment, where he later died. Warrants for murder and aggravated assault had been issued for Carpenter, according to Brown.

Carpenter is also believed to have shot a juvenile, who survived the incident, according to Crisp.

"He's [Carpenter] pending extradition ... at this time," Crisp said.