Man accused of killing Florida woman, injuring her sister is in custody after manhunt

Chad Absher (Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Chad Absher (Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

12:28 AM EDT Thursday: Police tell WJAX that a man accused of killing a Jacksonville, Florida, woman and hurting her sister is in custody.

Chad Absher, accused of killing Ashlee Rucker and hurting her sister Lisa Rucker in a Tuesday morning shooting, has been taken into custody.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office sent several units to Blanding Boulevard and 118th Street on the Westside.

WJAX has exclusive video of a man who sources say is Absher being put in a police cruiser.

>> See the video here

Sources told WJAX earlier Wednesday afternoon that the police activity was related to the search for a local murder suspect. 

JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said Absher was taken into custody without incident. A neighbor told WJAX's Larry Spruill that Absher was hiding under another neighbor's house.

Bujeda said a tip led to Absher's capture and that JSO was overwhelmed with tips on Absher's whereabouts in this case.

"We are glad he's off the streets. He can't victimize anyone else. He can't harm anyone else," Bujeda said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are searching for Chad Absher in connection with a shooting that left one Jacksonville, Florida, woman dead and her sister injured early Tuesday, authorities said.

>> See his photo here

Family members of the two women told WJAX that Ashlee Rucker was killed at Cedar Creek Condominiums on San Juan Avenue at approximately 2:15 a.m.

Her sister, Lisa, is in critical condition and being guarded by an officer at the hospital, family members say.

Family members say Lisa and Ashlee lived together. Their sister, Jennifer Parang, spoke with WJAX about the shooting.

"(The shooter) pulled out a gun and held it to my sister, Ashlee, pointed it at her," Parang said. "Our baby sister – who is actually taller than all of us – she got in the middle and she was shot in the mouth."

Parang says Ashlee was killed in front of her 8-year-old son. A bullet narrowly missed Lisa's spine and is lodged in her head, family members say.

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