A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Tacoma was arrested Thursday night in California.
Detectives have not yet interviewed David “Beasty” Turner, who is charged with second-degree murder in the April 15 death of Larnell Griffin, 35.
It’s unclear when Turner will be extradited to Pierce County to face charges. He was arrested in Crescent City, California.
Police said Turner, 35, was an accomplice in the homicide. The shooter is believed to be Thomas Sterling Potts Jr., also known as “Smoke.”
Witnesses reported seeing Turner and Potts together the night of the shooting and video surveillance at the apartment complex where the shooting happened showed a dark sedan similar to Turners’ arriving and leaving.
Griffin was found dead inside an apartment at South 40th and Lawrence streets with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Potts, Turner and an unidentified man came to the apartment over a disagreement about cellphones, according to charging papers. After Potts pointed a handgun at Griffin, the men struggled over the weapon and Potts shot Griffin, the papers state.
Potts has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. A warrant was issued for Turner on April 24.