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Thursday, March 20, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Tracks Down Murder Suspect

Memphis, TN - A first degree murder suspect was arrested in Memphis, Tenn., today by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Rodney “Big Head” Jennings was wanted out of Chattanooga, Tenn., on a First Degree Murder Warrant. On January 28 Jennings allegedly shot a Rapheal White to death in Chattanooga. Jennings was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Ten Most Wanted list.

The Chattanooga Police, TBI, the U.S. Marshals Smokey Mountain Fugitive Task Force, and the U.S. Marshal’s office in Abingdon, Virginia, worked in conjunction for weeks to try to locate the fugitive. Information was developed that the fugitive was in the Memphis area. At this point the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force was brought in to assist.

The fugitive was tracked to the Oak Court apartments in south Memphis. Once agents had surrounded the apartment he was hiding in he surrendered without incident. An Uzi style gun was seized at the apartment as well. (See attached picture.) At this time it is not known if it is involved in any crimes.

At the time of this report Jennings is in the Shelby County Jail awaiting extradition.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the GCRFTF has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

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