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For Immediate Release

December 05, 2013 Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Tennessee (901) 573 8177
Murder Suspect Flees to California but Cannot Escape U.S. Marshals Task Force

Memphis, TN - Alleged murder suspect Christopher Brown was arrested yesterday in Victorville, CA. There was a warrant for his arrest for First Degree Murder.

On 6-24-13 the Memphis Police Department issued a warrant for Christopher Brown. Brown is accused of shooting and killing Albert Fips. Also shot was Carolyn Pratcher, who survived the attack. Since the warrant was issued Brown has been on the run. On 11-2-13 the case was adopted by agents of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force.

Information was developed by the Task Force that Brown had fled to Victorville, CA. Working with the U.S. Marshals Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, Brown was tracked to an address on Montezuma street and arrested without incident.

At the time of this press release Brown awaits extradition at the San Bernardino 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.

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