Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

Published 11:22 am Friday, August 11, 2017

By CAROLINE CARMICHAEL/ Staff Writer

A 24-year-old man was arrested without resistance on Aug. 10 after driving by and opening fire on a residence on Arthur Drive in Clanton.

The Clanton Police Department received multiple calls reporting a drive-by shooter firing multiple shots around 10:15 a.m., Captain David Clackley said.

“And then when we responded it turned out that it was a subject that they were familiar with. They did know the guy and were able to identify him,” Clackley said.

Suspect Delondre Jovan Dejarnett is charged with aggravated assault attempted murder with no bond, two counts of reckless endangerment with $750 bonds each and one count of shooting into an occupied building.

Clackley said at least three people were at the residence during that time. One person was on the porch.

One person inside the home was wounded with a cut to the top of his head, although Clackley said it is yet unknown whether a bullet or ricocheting debris caused the injury.

Clackley said Dejarnett complied to a police request by phone to come to the police station, where he was taken into custody and questioned.

“He cooperated with us and explained his actions,” Clackley said.

Police learned the incident was an escalation of an ongoing dispute between the suspect and those targeted inside the residence, Clackley said.

“He’s not somebody we typically have problems with,” Clackley said. “This escalated to the point where he made a bad decision, by what it appears… He was targeting people that were involved in the relationships that he was having trouble with.”