Selma Murder Suspect Surrenders To Authorities

A 38 year-old Selma man wanted for a fatal shooting surrendered to authorities late last night and is now facing murder charges.

At 4:54pm Tuesday, Selma Police responded to a shooting at 410 W. Preston Street, across the street from a public park.  When officers arrived, they found the victim, Shantwan “Heavy” Strickland, 31, of W. Jones Avenue, Selma dead inside the residence. Strickland had sustained a single fatal gunshot wound.

Police Captain R.L. Daniels said the suspect in the shooting, Jamie Dupree of S. Raiford Street, contacted his mother who lived outside the county and said he was in trouble. His mother drove to Johnston County and accompanied her son as he surrendered without incident to authorities at the Johnston County Courthouse.

In January 2011, Dupree lead Selma Police on a short vehicle chase in his SUV after he failed to pull over for an officer who had clocked him on radar for speeding 50mph in a 35mph zone.  After the brief pursuit, Dupree fled on foot but was quickly captured. He allegedly told officers at the time he didn’t stop because he was smoking marijuana and didn’t have a license.

Captain Daniels said a motive for the homicide remains under investigation. The murder weapon has not been recovered.

Daniels said police detectives and SBI agents are still conducting interviews and would like to speak with anyone who has information about the incident.  Anyone with information about the murder of Shantwan Strickland can contact Selma Police at 919-965-8189.

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