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Gang member charged with murder in Elm City man’s killing

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SHARPSBURG — A dispute between rival gangs led to a fatal shooting that claimed an Elm City man’s life last week, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said.

Wilson deputies and police from Sharpsburg and Rocky Mount joined forces to investigate the killing of 25-year-old De’Shawn Jamal Williams of 208 S. Branch St. after authorities found his body outside the Pine Grove Apartments on Sept. 26.

Kelvin Jermanie Davis, 20, of 833 W. Thomas St., Rocky Mount, faces a charge of first-degree murder in Williams’ death following a Friday night arrest.

Davis is known by the street name “Baby Tax,” said Woodard, who blamed a “disagreement amongst separate validated gang members from the Rocky Mount area” for the homicide.

“This type of violence is senseless and the residents should not have to endure it in their neighborhoods where children are playing and the elderly are sitting on their front porches,” Woodard said in a statement. “This office will seek out and arrest those who decide to take away their freedom (children and elderly) of being able to live in a safe community.”

Wilson County deputies were dispatched to the 113 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, apartment complex at 9:44 p.m. Sept. 26 for a reported shooting. Williams was found lying in the road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sharpsburg police at the scene said the shooter, who was then unidentified, had run away. The investigation into Williams’ death led authorities to identify Davis as the suspect.

“We worked tireless hours and followed a multitude of leads” to develop a suspect, Woodard said.

State and local law enforcement agencies worked together to close the case. Woodard said Sharpsburg Police Chief John Hunt contacted him requesting assistance and the Rocky Mount Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Unit and State Bureau of Investigation Violent Fugitive Task Force joined the manhunt for Davis.

Davis was tracked to a home at 336 Coleman St. in Rocky Mount, where he was taken into custody without incident on Friday.

Authorities executed a search warrant on the Coleman Street home Friday night and found guns, ammunition drug paraphernalia, fake identification cards, phony credit cards and a “credit card-making machine,” Woodard said.

The sheriff praised cooperation between law enforcement agencies, which he said resulted in Davis’ capture.

“I appreciated the extraordinary assistance from the Sharpsburg Police Department, Rocky Mount Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Unit and the SBI Violent Fugitive Task Force in locating the suspect,” Woodard said.

Davis is being held in the Wilson County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.

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