'Armed and dangerous' shooting fugitive at large


BAINBRIDGE — Jeremiah Lamons, suspect in a Friday Thomasville shooting incident, was arrested about 6 p.m. Monday in Bainbridge.

Warrants were issued on Lamons for several charges in a Friday morning incident in which shots were fired at a Bay Street house and vehicles at the house.

He was being questioned by Thomasville detectives Monday night at about possible involvement in a Sunday night incident in which shots were fired at a South Street house.

Lamons was suspected of firing at a house and vehicles is the subject of a manhunt by Thomasville Police Department.

Jeremiah Lamons is a suspect in a barrage of gunfire aimed at a Bay Street residence and vehicles Friday morning.

Gunfire also struck a South Street residence Sunday night.

About 10:50 a.m. Friday, several rounds were fired from the street at a house in the 200 block of Bay Street and at vehicles parked at the house. The occupant of the house was not injured. No one was in the vehicles.

"The reason for the shooting right now is unknown," said Lt. Toby Knifer, TPD Criminal Investigations Division commander. "We believe the suspect was on foot."

Information developed during the investigation helped identify Lamons as a suspect.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, shots were fired from a semi-automatic firearm at a house in the 1200 block of South Street. The occupant of the house was not struck by the projectiles.

Because of similarities in the two incidents, detectives are attempting to determine if the shootings are related.

Knifer said 18-year-old Lamons has been convicted of participation in a criminal street gang. 

"He's a self-admitted gang member from past incidents," the officer said.

Warrants issued for Lamons' arrest charge him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and criminal street gang offenses, along with other street gang-related charges.

"Thomasville Police Department is in collaboration with the FBI gang task force and has zero tolerance with gang activity," Knifer said.

Police gather information daily to identify gang members so their identity is known when crimes associated with gang activity occur.

Said the commander, "We will not allow them to wreak havoc on the city."

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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