After a nearly two-week manhunt for a Texas murder suspect, the Gulfport Police Department put him behind bars right in South Mississippi over the weekend.
“Saturday, July 27th at about 1:30, we traveled to the 3100 block of 8th Avenue, based off of information we received from Texas authorities that a murder suspect would be at that location.”
They found 19-year-old Tekoney Blackledge inside an apartment complex after fleeing nearly six hours from a road rage crime scene in Katy, Texas.
Blackledge is being charged in connection with the shooting death of 62-year-old Saron James, also of Katy, Texas. “This wasn’t supposed to happen at all, this was not supposed to happen.”
She was fatally shot after she and her husband were traveling down Old Greenhouse Road in northwest Harris County.
Shots erupted about 6:20 p.m. after James and her husband, Cleveland, passed a white Audi SUV, “There’s no way that this vehicle went around other vehicles and nobody saw.”
Multiples witnesses allegedly saw the vehicle speeding away from the area.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales says this tragedy couldn’t have happened to a more upstanding family. “They were almost home, like I said, the husband and family members arrived as well. Just very distraught about it, but the last conversation against, just everyday life, they were talking about what they were going to have for dinner. These are innocent people just living their lives.”
After the shooting, the victim’s husband said when he turned to talk to his wife, she was slumped over as a result of her injuries. Saron James’ daughter, Kelley Mock, said, “My dad called me, he told me that my mom was shot in the head. I didn’t understand what he was saying, but I knew it was true.”
Blackledge then fled to Harrison County, where he was arrested and charged with James’ murder. “Officers went to that apartment and made contact with the people there and it was determined that he was inside and he was taken into custody without incident.”