BY MELANIE WADE –
A male suspect has been apprehended following a shooting that occurred on Friday, July 21, 2017. Just before 6 p.m. that day, 911 dispatch informed officers that a “car had been shot up” at 114 East Street in Cove. Deputies Jim Smith and Clint Bell responded to the scene where they made contact with a 44-year old female.
The victim stated that a vehicle pulled into her yard while she was behind the house burning trash. When she approached the front side of her home, she noticed a truck backing out quickly. She tried to take pictures of the vehicle, but the truck was not identifiable in the pictures.
The truck returned and pulled back into her driveway. She said a young man, who she identified as “Jayden”, was driving the truck. When he exited the truck, the female noticed a gun barrel and “Jayden” allegedly said, “prove yourself or you can die.” The female said she jumped into her car and crouched down and heard several gunshots. Deputies found three shell casings on the scene, approximately 30 feet from the victim’s car, two of which were ‘birdshot’ and one was ‘buckshot.’
After identifying a suspect, several attempts were made to locate him. During the search, a female friend of Jayden Scott More-Brown, age 20, of Wickes, stated that he had called and asked her for a place to stay. After telling the friend that he had ‘shot up’ someone’s car, she told him he could not stay with her. He then allegedly threatened to burn her house down.
On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Deputy Justin Wagnor was able to make contact with More-Brown at his residence in Wickes and an arrest was made. More-Brown was booked into the Polk County Detention Center on charges of Terroristic Act, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons. His bond is set at $100,000. Formal charges, including other possible charges are pending arraignment in Polk County Circuit Court. No motive has been stated at this time.
As a note, all person(s) within this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.