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For Immediate Release

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September 15, 2009 Northern District of Florida Senior Inspector  Scott Wilson (850) 942-8384 or (850) 528-8283;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture South Florida Murder Suspect

Tallahassee, FL - The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force today announced the arrest of 18 year old Adrian Leebrent Hunter from Jupiter, Florida for the offenses of 3rd Degree Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, and Manslaughter with a Firearm. Hunter was being sought by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on the above charges which are alleged to have occurred over the past Labor Day Weekend. According to documents filed by Palm Beach County Detectives, Hunter was involved in a street altercation and is alleged to have attacked two victims; one of which succumbed to a single gun shot wound. Palm Beach County Detectives reached out to U.S. Marshals in South Florida for assistance in locating Hunter after it was determined that Hunter had fled the South Florida area. U.S. Marshals tracked Hunter to the Tallahassee, Florida area and on September 14th, requested the assistance of the Regional Fugitive Task Force. Task Force officers quickly developed information that Hunter was currently enrolled as a student at Florida A&M University and contacted the FAMU Police Department for assistance. At approximately 11:30AM Task Force officers and FAMU Police Officers located Hunter in the 500 block of Gamble Street and arrested him without incident. Hunter is currently in the Leon County Jail awaiting extradition back to Palm Beach County, Florida.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force Tallahassee Division, is comprised of Deputy U.S. Marshals and full time sworn officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Leon County State Attorney’s Office, Perry Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. These officers are sworn in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals and have the authority to pursue violent fugitives wanted by their respective agencies anywhere within the United States of America.

U.S. Marshal Dennis Williamson stated this case is yet another shinning example of the extraordinary cooperation between the U.S. Marshals and state and local agencies to quickly track down and capture dangerous fugitives who are wanted for violent offenses.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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