Police announce arrest in fatal shooting east of downtown Durham

From staff reportsNovember 6, 2013 

— Police have announced an arrest in the fatal shooting this week of a 22-year-old man in a neighborhood just east of downtown.

Investigators charged Christopher Alexander Hicks, 21, of Durham with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm, according to Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Police have accused Hicks of gunning down Jevontez Deshawn Massey, of Durham, on Morning Glory Avenue just before 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Bicycle officers on patrol in the area heard gunshots and found Massey lying in the street. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

About 2 1/2 hours after the shooting, Sgt. Lamont Minor spotted Hicks hiding in the woods near the shooting scene, Michael said.

Officers arrested Hicks after chasing him for several blocks. He is in Durham County jail without the option of posting bail, Michael said.

Detectives have not disclosed a motive for the shooting and are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information about the case should call 919-560-4440, Ext. 29335, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

State corrections records show that Hicks was released from prison on Aug. 12 after serving three months for a probation violation. In 2010, Hicks was convicted and sentenced to three years probation for multiple counts of felony breaking and entering and larceny, state records show.

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