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
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.