Authorities arrest St. Louis fugitive in Tennessee
Carlton Winfrey; of The Post-Dispatch
(JACKSON, Tenn.) -- Authorities on Friday arrested a St. Louis fugitive who escaped authorities while awaiting trial in the shooting of a St. Louis police officer.
Travis Haughton, 27, was captured about 4:15 p.m. Friday at a home in Jackson.
"He pretty much gave up without any incident," Lt. Rick Holt of the Jackson Police Department said Friday night. "He was basically talked out by the U.S. marshals, and we transported him to the (Madison) county jail." Jackson is about 82 miles east of Memphis.
Agents with the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. marshal and Jackson police department assisted in the investigation and arrest, said Kenneth L. Moore, supervisory senior resident agent with the Memphis division of the FBI.
"Through investigation, the St. Louis division determined that he might be in the Jackson area. We coordinated the investigation with the marshal service, and we set out to do surveillance," Moore said.
He said a second person was arrested along with Haughton on an outstanding Tennessee warrant, unrelated to Haughton.
The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun reported today that after police coaxed Haughton out of the house, he emerged with his hands up, yelling, "I didn't do nothing."
Haughton had been wanted by law enforcement agents since he escaped Jan. 7 from the custody of a St. Louis sheriff's deputy at SouthPointe Hospital, 2639 Miami Street, where he had gone for treatment of injuries he suffered in a fight in the City Workhouse earlier that day.
He had been awaiting trial on first-degree assault charges in the June 17 shooting and wounding of Stephanie Franklin, 37, and Officer Christina Gonzales, 25.
Haughton had held police at bay for hours in a four-family flat in the 2300 block of Ann Street, according to authorities. When police went in after him, he fired at them, authorities said. Five bullet fragments struck Gonzales, who later received the Police Department's highest honor - the Distinguished Service
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