Meshon Williams, 17, who was accused of fatally wounding a 6-year-old boy who was playing games inside after he shot up a house on May 5 has been on the run since police said.
According to DeKalb Police, Williams was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon near I-20 EB and Candler Rd.
An arrest warrant for Williams was issued on May 5 on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery. A second warrant was also issued on May 9 for murder charges, after the death of the 6-year-old.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, along with DeKalb police and Georgia State Patrol, on Thursday located Williams in the Candler Road area and chased the suspect in a short car chase.
Officials said Williams jumped from the vehicle he was driving and ran westbound along I-20. Investigators kept on pursuing Williams on foot and later found him hiding in the underbrush.
Williams was caught and arrested without incident, officials said.
Officials said the vehicle Williams was driving kept moving after he jumped out and it hit a vehicle not associated with the pursuit. The driver was transported by EMS and her injuries are unknown.
On May 9, after battling for his life for days, 6-year-old Z’Mari Mitchell died.
The night of the shooting, police said six young women and a young man went to a home in the 3500 block off Sweetgum Lane to “engage in a fight” over a post on Instagram they didn’t like. Amid the fight, an adult inside the home came outside to break it up and tell the group to leave.
The group went back to their vehicle and began to drive away. But when they got to the end of the street, police said Williams turned around and fired 31 rounds toward the home.
One of those bullets hit 6-year-old Z’Mari Mitchell as he was playing in the living room inside the home. Days later, on May 9, police confirmed that Mitchell died.
A family friend started a GoFundMe campaign to help support the family.
“Please continue to lift Z’Mari and his family up in prayer,” they asked.