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VPD release name of shooting victim

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The victim in Saturday's fatal shooting has been identified as 37 year-old Rufus Howard Ellis III.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress issued this statement at 11:58 a.m. this morning:

At approximately 1700 hours [on Saturday], the Valdosta Police Department responded to 1100 Old Statenville Road, Park Chase Apartments, in reference the victim being shot and found in his car.  

The victim was transported to the South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.  Within a few minutes of the incident, officers and detectives identified the offender in the shooting. 

After issuing a regional look-out for the offender, at approximately 1900 hours, a Hamilton County Florida Deputy made contact with Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons and took him into custody for VPD.  

The incident stems from the fact the victim and the offender had been arguing over the past couple of days which escalated with the shooting at Park Chase Apartments.

A warrant was obtained by Valdosta Police Detectives last night on Charlton-Simmons for malice murder and faxed to Hamilton County SO where he is currently being held. 

"I am very proud of the quickness of Valdosta Police Officers and Detectives who identified the offender quickly and I also appreciate the assistance of Hamilton County (Florida) Sheriff's Office and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in this case", stated Chief Brian Childress.

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