Marion County Murder Suspect Captured
A Marion County murder suspect has been captured after two days on the run.
On Saturday at around 2:30 p.m. an argument between two men turned deadly.
"It's hard when it's your own family getting shot," said Tammy Franklin.
Franklin said she witnessed 39- year -old Lamar Lee Maddox shooting at her cousin, 25- year- old Brandon Wayne Simmons.
"They tried taking the gun away from him and all that, it just didn't work fast enough," said Franklin.
Franklin said the argument started because Maddox threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, so Simmons tried to protect the woman.
"He was trying to stop her from getting the bullet," said Franklin.
He did, but instead Simmons ended up getting shot outisde this home on southeast 249th terrace.
Franklin said Maddox then went after his ex-girlfriend.
"He chased after the white car and was shooting at it trying to kill the girl that was driving and he didn't get her. That's when all my family ran after him and chased him through the woods and lost him," said Franklin.
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were looking for Maddox on Saturday and Sunday, but had no luck finding him just yet.
"Our detectives were working the case and they were able to get some evidence that led them to identify a particular vehicle that they knew Maddox had taken off in this particular vehicle. They also knew he was probably going south," said Judge Cochran who is the Public Information Officer for the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office notified other agencies throughout the state to keep an eye out for the vehicle.
Early Monday morning, Pinellas County deputies found the car in an alley behind a home.
"They realized he maybe staying at a relatives home so they staked out the area. After staking it out for a while, Maddox actually walked out the door and that's when swat took him down," said Cochran.
Maddox was booked into the Pinellas County jail at 1 p.m.
After he appears in court in Pinellas County, Maddox will be extradited to Marion County, where he faces a charge of second degree murder.
Maddox has been in jail before on drug related charges.
As for Simmons, he was taken to the Villages Hospital where he later died.
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