Murder suspect on the run for nearly 2 months found hiding in Bessemer attic

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 08:27:31 AM. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Bessemer police arrested Eric Dewayne Burts Wednesday afternoon at an apartment in the 2400 block of Berkley Avenue, said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Cliff LaBarge.

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A 21-year-old murder suspect on the run for more than a month is now in custody after he was found hiding in the attic of a Bessemer home.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Bessemer police arrested Eric Dewayne Burts Wednesday afternoon at an apartment in the 2400 block of Berkley Avenue, said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Cliff LaBarge.

Bessemer police in October announced that Burts was charged with murder in the slaying of Jadrakus Anthony Morris, 28, of Midfield. He also is charged with two counts of attempted murder for the wounding of two women. Authorities said Burts was arguing with a female on Oct. 1, when he fired into a crowd.

Bessemer police responded just after 8 p.m. that Sunday to the 100 block of 24th Street South on a report of a person shot. When they arrived on the scene, they found Morris lying in the roadway, gravely wounded by the gunfire. Moments later, more shots rang out, and officers found a woman lying on the porch of a home in the 2400 block of Berkley Avenue. She had multiple gunshot wounds to her back and arms.

Both victims were taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Morris was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m.

Investigators said they found more than 20 shell casings from the area of the shooting, which took place in a one-block radius.

On the Monday following the shootings, detectives identified the third victim. The female was shot in the arm, but her injuries weren't life-threatening. Sgt. Cortice Miles said then Burts is believed to be responsible for shooting all three victims.

Miles said investigators think Morris was actually shot in the 2400 block of Berkley Avenue with the female victims, and then ran to 24th Street South where he collapsed. While officers were with Morris, an unknown person fired random gunshots that led officers to the wounded female on the porch. The third victim was on the shooting scene but didn't tell police she had been shot.

Burts' bond is set at $1.12 million.

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