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Fairview Heights murder suspect arrested in Belleville

Suspect in custody in Fairview Heights fatal shooting

Fairview Heights Police Lt. Mike Hoguet, who is serving as deputy commander of the Major Case Squad, said one suspect is in custody in the Fairview Heights fatal shooting of Sean J. Redd of Washington Park.
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Fairview Heights Police Lt. Mike Hoguet, who is serving as deputy commander of the Major Case Squad, said one suspect is in custody in the Fairview Heights fatal shooting of Sean J. Redd of Washington Park.

A man whom police were seeking in connection with a Fairview Heights double shooting was taken into custody without incident Saturday night, according to Fairview Heights police.

At 7:05 p.m., Jerami J. Clark, who is charged with first-degree murder, was located at a residence in Belleville by U.S. marshals and members of the Major Case Squad.

With the arrest, the Major Case Squad has completed its investigation and returned the case to the Fairview Heights Police Department.

A warrant had been issued on Saturday for Jerami J. Clark, 23, with a bail of $2 million. Clark was an accomplice of Kerion “Nate” Hammond, who was also charged with first-degree murder in the case, said Fairview Heights Police Detective Sgt. Wade Gummersheimer.

Gummersheimer said the charge comes after more information came about from the investigation. However, Gummersheimer couldn’t release specifics.

The double shooting on Tuesday left one person dead and one person wounded.

According to charging documents, Hammond, 20, and Sean J. Redd, 26, both of Washington Park, attempted to commit an armed robbery at 142 Ashley Dr. in Fairview Heights, during which Redd was shot and killed.

Antonio D. Long, 22, of Fairview Heights, was the resident of the apartment and the target of the attempted armed robbery, police have said.

Long, who was living at 142 Ashley Drive, had a gathering at his apartment, which included Hammond. At one point, Hammond left the apartment and returned with two other people — including Redd — with intent to rob Long “of money and drugs,” police said.

A struggle occurred between Redd, who was wearing a ski mask at the time and was armed with a handgun, and Long, who also had a gun. Shots were fired striking Redd multiple times and Long in the foot, police have said.

Long was charged Friday with two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to a criminal complaint.

Both Hammond and Long are in custody.

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