Suspect who appeared to taunt police on Facebook arrested in fatal shooting

Tierre Tyrell Williams

Credit: LaGrange Police Department

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Tierre Tyrell Williams

Credit: LaGrange Police Department

Credit: LaGrange Police Department

Nearly two weeks before the girlfriend of a robbery suspect was shot at a west Georgia gas station, the man accused of pulling the trigger appeared to taunt police.

The alleged gunman, Tierre Tyrell Williams, was wanted in connection with several business burglaries in Columbus and Alabama. Columbus police on Dec. 4 posted a lookout for the Phenix City, Alabama, man on Facebook and asked for the public’s help to locate him.

“These folks act like I’m running or sum!!!” a man who identified himself as Williams wrote in a since-deleted comment. “Putting my picture and (expletive) on here! Ain’t nobody running from y’all.”

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A screenshot of the Facebook comment someone appearing to be Tierre Williams wrote in response to public advisory posted by the Columbus Police Department.

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A screenshot of the Facebook comment someone appearing to be Tierre Williams wrote in response to public advisory posted by the Columbus Police Department.

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A screenshot of the Facebook comment someone appearing to be Tierre Williams wrote in response to public advisory posted by the Columbus Police Department.

Credit: Facebook

Credit: Facebook

Williams, 28, said he was in state court two weeks before the lookout was posted, and no one alerted him to the charges. He then gave his phone number and told police to give him a call.

“Y’all halarious [sic]!” he said. “There’s my number!”

Columbus police responded in kind, telling him, “If you aren’t running, come on down to the Public Safety Building.”

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Columbus police responded to the Facebook comment, which has since been deleted.

Columbus police responded to the Facebook comment, which has since been deleted.

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Columbus police responded to the Facebook comment, which has since been deleted.

Williams never surrendered on the burglary charges, despite multiple phone calls, police said. He has since been identified as a suspect in the Sunday night shooting death of 22-year-old Da’Jai Green.

On Wednesday, police announced that Williams was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Phenix City.

**UPDATE: Williams has communicated that he may be in the Atlanta Metro Area. It is believed that Williams is in the...

Posted by LaGrange Police on Monday, December 16, 2019

Investigators in LaGrange believe Williams was shooting at Green’s boyfriend following an alleged robbery at a gas station, and Green was hit.

The Manchester, Georgia, woman had stopped at a RaceTrac on LaFayette Parkway with her boyfriend, 21-year-old Deangelo Finley of Auburn, Alabama. They were on their way back home Sunday night when Finley saw a man he knew, according to LaGrange police.

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There was “a brief argument” before Finley snatched the man’s necklace from his neck, police said. Finley ran back to his vehicle and tried to leave, and shots were fired as they left the parking lot.

Green later died at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Her boyfriend is being held without bond in the Troup County Jail on a charge of robbery by snatch.

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Deangelo Finley

Credit: Troup County Sheriff's Office

Deangelo Finley

Credit: Troup County Sheriff's Office

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Deangelo Finley

Credit: Troup County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Troup County Sheriff's Office

Williams is facing charges of murder, aggravated assault and other related offenses. Before his arrest, police said he was believed to be “in the company of Lynasha Scott who is also wanted for questioning.”

No further details about Scott’s involvement with the case have been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LaGrange police at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

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