A Montgomery man was arrested in Chambers County Wednesday afternoon after multiple jurisdictions from Alabama to Georgia were looking for him in connection to interstate shootings.
Jerel Raphael Brown, 39, is facing several charges after law enforcement officers said at least three cars were shot at on Interstate 85.
The shootings were reported on I-85 in Montgomery, Auburn, and Troup County, Georgia.
The victim in Auburn, a 45-year-old Prattville man, was struck by gunfire and seriously injured. He was flown to a hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
A stretch of Interstate 85 in Auburn was closed for hours while police investigated.
The Troup County Sheriff’s Office released information saying in their case, the person shot at described the suspect as a black male driving a white Cadillac. Upon investigation, deputies learned of the other shootings and alerted other law enforcement.
“Utilizing camera technology by a partner agency, a possible suspect vehicle and driver were identified and that information was shared with multiple jurisdictions in Georgia and Alabama,” Troup County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect was spotted by a Chambers County deputy in Lafayette, Ala., around 12:13 p.m.
“The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident and turned over to Auburn Police,” the Troup County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release.
The Auburn Police Department said Brown has been charged with attempted murder and shooting into an unoccupied vehicle. He is being held without bond, the police department said. He is charged in Georgia with aggravated assault, possessing a gun while committing a felony and first-degree criminal damage.
Troup County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Stewart Smith said a motive has not been determined.
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