Crime

Shooting suspect caught in Texas

Herman Jackson.
Herman Jackson.

A 28-year-old man accused of being the getaway driver in last month's shooting death of a Tacoma code enforcement officer was captured Wednesday in Houston.

Agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Houston Police Department arrested Herman Jackson and took him into custody without incident, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Jackson faces extradition to Pierce County on murder charges in Lisa Marie Melancon’s death July 22.

Investigators received word that Jackson had headed toward Houston, Fulghum said. The information was shared with the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

“We asked for and received help from U.S. Marshal,” Fulghum said. “With the information, they were able to locate him.”

With Jackson’s arrest, police now are looking for one remaining suspect in the homicide. An arrest warrant was issued last month for 25-year-old Olujimi A. Blakeney, who’s accused of firing the shot that killed the 40-year-old Melancon. Blakeney’s whereabouts are unknown and the search for him continues, Fulghum said.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Jackson, Blakeney and 19-year-old Manuel A. Castillo with first-degree murder and drive-by shooting in Melancon’s death.

Prosecutors allege Blakeney fired a gun as he, Castillo and Jackson drove away after a confrontation on the street in the 7200 block of South Bell Street.

Prosecutors alleged Jackson was the driver of the car and Castillo was the backseat passenger.

Castillo pleaded not guilty last month and remains in the Pierce County Jail on $1 million bail.

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