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For Immediate Release

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April 15, 2013 DUSM Seth Bruce, Western District of Tennessee (901) 573-8177
Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Force

Memphis, TN - Yesterday the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF), in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI), the Lauderdale Sheriff’s Office and the Ripley Police Department, was able to locate and arrest attempted first degree murder suspect Darius Mitchell.

On March 23 Mitchell allegedly chased down a vehicle and shot the driver in the face. After being charged with attempted first degree murder by the Henning Police Department, Mitchell was added to the TBI top ten most wanted fugitive list. The case was subsequently investigated by members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Information was developed that the fugitive was located at an address in Ripley, TN. The Task Force and members of the Ripley Police Department and Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office surrounded the house. Mitchell attempted to flee out the back of the house when Task Force members entered the front of the house, but upon seeing that there was no escape he reentered the house and was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to the Lauderdale County Jail.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

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

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