The manhunt for a man alleged to have shot and killed three people, including two former Auburn football players, and wounded several others took a turn toward the bizarre yesterday and into this morning.
Desmonte Leonard has been charged with, three counts of capital murder and the search for the suspect led local and law enforcement officials to a house in Montgomery, Ala. The house was surrounded by law enforcement for several hours, with teargas fired into the dewlling on several occasions as well as tactical teams sweeping the house.
Using thermal imaging and other techniques, and acting off a tip from an unknown source, officials had determined that the murder suspect was hiding in the attic of the house. In the end, the location “turned out not to be correct,” FBI spokesman Douglas Astralaga told Reuters.
The “standoff” lasted several hours, although all law enforcement officials had departed the scene by sunrise.
At a press conference this morning, the Auburn Police Department stated that they had received a tip from someone who claimed they had dropped Leonard off at the residence that was raided.
Leonard remains at large and is still considered armed and extremely dangerous. Two arrests have been made in connection to the shootings.
Former Tigers Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips died as a result of wounds they suffered in the off-campus shooting late Saturday night. Offensive lineman Eric Mack was wounded during the same incident and released from the hospital a short time later.