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Gulfport man evades capture for 5 months, then walks into police station in Louisiana

Jaquarius Shields
Jaquarius Shields

A man wanted on a murder charge who evaded Gulfport police for five months surrendered to authorities in Bossier City, Louisiana, on Thursday.

Jaquarius Jermon Shields, 20, is wanted in the April 9 shooting death of 27-year-old Dennis Bunch.

“He just came walking into the Police Department and turned himself in,” Bossier City police spokesman Mark Natale said.

Bunch was shot at Dolan Commons Apartments on 31st Street. Gulfport officers responded about 1:20 p.m. and found a man, later identified as Bunch in the parking lot shot in the upper torso. He later died from his wounds.

Detectives later learned Shields and Bunch had been arguing in the parking lot. Shields took out an unknown caliber firearm and shot Bunch, then drove away, Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said at the time.

For reasons unknown, Shields decided to surrender to Bossier City authorities just before 4 p.m. Thursday. He would not tell the officers how he got to Bossier City nor how long he had been there, Natale said.

Bossier City is 380 miles from Gulfport.

“We booked him in our city jail as a fugitive,” Natale said. “We’ll transfer him up to our parish jail, and he’ll have to go before a judge and decide whether to waive extradition.”

When contacted Thursday evening, McDaniel said he had not been informed of Shields’ surrender.

Wesley Muller: 228-896-2322, @WesleySMuller

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