The teenager charged with the shooting death of 6-year-old Z’Mari Mitchell in a reckless feud over a social media post on May 5 is in police custody.
DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit arrested Meshon Williams, 17, about 2:30 p.m. on May 10 after a short pursuit on I-20.
It was assisted by DeKalb Police and Georgia State Patrol.
Z’Mari, who was shot while he was playing in living room of his Decatur home, died May 9 in hospital after a four-day fight for his life.
Williams sprayed the house at 3539 Sweetgum Lane with 31 gunshots about 5:30 p.m. on May 5 following an altercation.
DeKalb Police and Georgia State Patrol officers pursued Williams a short distance as he drove along I-20 about 2 p.m. He jumped from the vehicle and began to run westbound along the interstate.
“Sheriff’s investigators continued to pursue him on foot and discovered Williams hiding in the underbrush,” the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office said in a May 10 press release. “He was apprehended and taken into custody without incident.”
The vehicle Williams was driving on I-20 remained in motion when he exited, and it subsequently hit another vehicle on the freeway. The female driver of that vehicle was assisted by emergency medical services.
The extent of her injuries is not known, the sheriff’s office said.
Williams was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on Memorial Drive. He is also a suspect in several local auto thefts.
His arrest came hours after the police and Crime Stoppers offered a $5,000 reward on May 10 for information leading to his capture. It’s not known whether the reward had anything to do with Williams’ apprehension.
Police upgraded the charges against Williams to murder on May 9 after Z’Mari death.
Williams was initially wanted on charges of aggravated assault and battery. Police say he sprayed the Decatur house with 31 bullets after an argument.
Captain A.T. Mears said Williams was one of seven people who went to the house with a purpose on Saturday.
“They went there to engage in a fight over a social media post that they did not like,” Mears said during a May 7 press conference.
DeKalb Public Safety Director Joseph Lumpkin said the department wouldn’t rest until Williams, considered armed and extremely dangerous, was in custody.
“We want Williams to know that we’re coming for him,” Lumpkin said during the press conference. “We’re coming for those who are involved in these groups creating this violence.”