Shooting suspect apprehended

DeJarnette Jr. found Wednesday in east Columbus

By Ryan Carter -

DeJarnette Jr.

DeJarnette Jr.

The suspect in an alleged Jeffersonville shooting was apprehended early Wednesday in an east Columbus neighborhood by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office detectives and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

David A. DeJarnette Jr., 28, of Washington C.H., has been taken to the Franklin County Jail where he will await an extradition hearing before being returned to Fayette County to answer to a felonious assault charge, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.

A Dayton man, William N. Prigmore, 34, reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the hand the evening of Feb. 22 at the Summer Tree Apartment complex on North Main Street in Jeffersonville. Shortly after the shooting was reported, DeJarnette was identified as the suspect.

“We’ve been working tips and recently received information that (DeJarnette) was in Columbus,” said Stanforth. “Detectives have been working hard in coordination with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to get him into custody. Now that we have him in custody, the investigation will continue into what exactly happened and why the shooting occurred.”

According to reports, the 911 call was made on Feb. 22 by a resident in an adjacent apartment who said he heard gunshots from an upstairs apartment. Within a minute of the original call, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office communications center received a second 911 call from Prigmore, who said he had been shot and was driving himself to Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

Personnel from the Fayette County EMS responded to State Route 41 North and found Prigmore driving in the area of the Miami Trace Local Schools. They stopped his vehicle and transported him by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injury, Stanforth said.

Detectives went to the Summer Tree Apartment complex, 71 N. Main St., for a crime scene investigation and evidence collection. After DeJarnette was identified as the suspect, detectives served a search warrant at Ashley Martin’s residence, where the shooting took place. Detectives collected evidence believed to be connected to the shooting.

“A second search warrant was obtained after detectives observed drug paraphernalia inside the Martin home,” said Stanforth. “Additional evidence connected to the drug-related search warrant was also recovered by detectives.”

Once he returns to Fayette County, DeJarnette will have a hearing in Washington C.H. Municipal Court. Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade will review the details of the investigation to determine if additional charges will be filed against DeJarnette.

DeJarnette Jr. Jr.
DeJarnette Jr. found Wednesday in east Columbus

By Ryan Carter

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