Eutaw Police arrests six more connected to shootings in Branch Heights area

LaDexter Pelt
Quayonte Davis
Jalik Q. Walton
Jahkil D. Edwards
Dekenta Thompson
LeQuavis M. Cook

The Eutaw Police Department made six additional arrests in connection with the recent shootings in the Branch Heights community in Eutaw. On August 13, LaDexter Pelt, 22, of Eutaw, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for charges stemming from the recent shooting – reckless endangerment, attempt to commit murder, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/vehicle.
In a dual arrests on August 17, LeQuavis Cook, 22, and Jahkil D. Edwards, 20, both of Eutaw, were charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/vehicle and criminal mischief.
On August 19, Quayonte Davis, 23, of Eutaw, was arrested on an outstanding warrant connected with the recent shootings. He was charged with reckless endangerment, attempt to commit murder, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/vehicle.
On August 20, Dekenta Thompson, 26, of Eutaw, was arrested for reckless endangerment, attempt to commit murder, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/vehicle. He is also charged with possession of a firearm by a violent felon. Jalik Walton was also arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, attempt to commit murder, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/vehicle.

8/16 – Shiquille Powell was released on a bond of $50,000 for discharging a gun into an occupied building; $5,000 for criminal mischief 2nd degree and $5,000 for reckless endangerment.

Eutaw police seize unlawfully possessed guns

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Shown above Eutaw Police officer Sergeant Rodriquez Jones and Assistant Chief Walter Beck displaying half of the guns seized over a period of 3 months.

The Eutaw Police Department reported a rise in the number of guns seized through various instances. Officer Beck explained that most weapons are seized at traffic stops, domestic violence calls and pat downs. He noted that more and more guns are being found on youth. Oftentimes these are weapons that have been reported stolen.“It is important that you know the serial numbers of your weapons. We may have recovered your lost or stolen weapon but without the serial numbers to identify your weapons, returns are impossible,” Officer Beck stated.
Deputy Rodriquez Jones cautioned the community to be aware of what your children are posting on facebook. He has seen youth riding around with hand guns loading and unloading clips.

“It important to be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious if you see someone walking around late at night. Also remember to kept your cars and doors lock at all time,” he stated.