UPDATE: Police catch Malcolm Dorsey, charged in fatal shooting of Derickes Maurice Miles

Gunfire erupted during altercation that escalated, police say

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comApril 19, 2013 

Columbus police have captured Shakeim Malcolm Dorsey, wanted in the fatal shooting Friday of Derickes Maurice Miles, 27.

Around 6 p.m. Friday a special operations team stopped a vehicle near 38th Street and Third Avenue for a traffic violation. While questioning the four occupants, an officer saw one matched Dorsey's description, police said.

He's now in the Muscogee County Jail facing charges of murder, aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit a crime. He's to have a preliminary hearing in Recorder's Court at 2 p.m. Monday.

Miles was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at The Medical Center at 2:07 p.m., said Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley

Police Lt. Lynn Joiner said the shooting around 1 p.m. resulted from a disturbance in the apartment. That altercation escalated, and Miles was running away when he was shot in the lower back, the lieutenant said.

Police on the scene said Miles and woman had come to check on someone being assaulted when gunfire erupted. Witnesses reported seeing an armed man running away, police said. Joiner said Dorsey's aggravated assault charge is based on his firing at a 16-year-old girl.

The wounded man ran from Apartment C, 3413 Sixth Ave., crossed the avenue and collapsed beside Ridgecrest Baptist Church, investigators said. Witnesses said they heard three gunshots before the gunman ran west toward Fifth Avenue and then turned south toward 34th Street.

The house converted to apartments is about a block south of Fox Elementary School, which went into lockdown before students were released for the day.

Police said the woman with Miles was not injured.

Miles is Columbus' 10th homicide victim so far this year.

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