The 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting an Auburn man Feb. 27 following an argument in Opelika was arrested Monday at an area hotel, Opelika police said in a press released.
The Opelika Police Department and U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force worked together to apprehend suspected shooter Malik Dejuan Jacobs at 4:33 p.m. Monday at the Motel 6 at 1107 Columbus Parkway. He was charged with the murder of 22-year-old Jacob Austin Smith and booked into the Lee County Jail, where he awaits bond.
Authorities said they found Smith lying in a yard with an apparent gunshot wound when they responded on Feb. 27 to a 9 a.m. shooting in the 500 block of Raintree Street.
Paramedics treated Smith before transporting the 22-year-old man to East Alabama Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. His body was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner's office for a postmortem examination.
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Police said further investigation indicated that Jacobs, who frequently uses the last name “Sistrunk”, argued with Smith before gunning him down. By March 2, officials had issued a murder warrant for Jacobs.