Lancaster Murder Suspect Surrenders After 6 Months On The Run

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South Carolina authorities say a suspect wanted in connection with a slaying has surrendered to law enforcement, ending a six-month manhunt.

News outlets report Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant says 29-year-old Michael C. Chavis Jr. turned himself in Saturday at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Court documents accuse Chavis of shooting 26-year-old Jamaal Gladden outside a party in February. Local and state authorities had been searching for Chavis since he failed to appear in court.

News outlets previously reported Chavis was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Grant says Chavis was denied bond.

It’s unclear whether he has an attorney that can comment on his behalf.

Original Story (May 8, 2019):

LANCASTER, S.C. — Police in Lancaster are still searching for a murder suspect they say should be considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting reportedly happened during a party on February 9th. According to witnesses, 29-year-old Michael Chavis Jr. opened a door from inside a home on E. Arch Street and shot a person outside multiple times.

Michael C. Chavis Jr.

The victim’s body was later found behind the residence.

Chavis is wanted for Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime. His last known address is on Pardue Street in Lancaster.

He is described as a black man, six feet tall and roughly 165 pounds.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Chavis Jr. is asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department at 803-283-3313 or 911.