Beaufort shooting suspect nabbed in Florida

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Beaufort shooting suspect nabbed in Florida

By PATRICK DONOHUE
pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com
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Published Friday, July 29, 2011   |  359 Words  |  

A murder suspect's brief time on the lam after a shooting Tuesday in Beaufort ended Friday in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store.

Rajerick Lovell Knight, 23, of Burton was arrested at about 9:15 a.m. in Jacksonville by members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, according to authorities.

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said information led investigators to believe Knight fled to Jacksonville after fatally shooting 28-year-old Travis Sentell Holmes inside a Subway restaurant.

Knight once lived in the Jacksonville area, Clancy said.

Acting on that tip, Beaufort police requested the assistance from the task force -- comprising federal, state and local law enforcement officers -- to help find him, the Marshals Service said.

Less than 12 hours later, officers saw Knight walking down a street and arrested him without incident.

Clancy said paperwork was being completed Friday to extradite Knight to Beaufort, where he will be charged with murder. Knight isn't expected to return to Beaufort until at least Monday, the chief added.

Knight was being held Friday in the John E. Goode Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville.

Investigators still are unsure what caused the fatal shooting but said it is unlikely Knight's brief time on the run will result in other arrests.

"At this point, it appears that Knight fled without assistance, and no one will be charged for aiding him," Clancy said. "There are still incomplete aspects of the investigation, and this could change if other information is developed."

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