LAWRENCEVILLE - Local and federal fugitive trackers apprehended a Dacula man believed to be the shooter in a deadly Dec. 11 drug deal as he hid in a closet Monday morning, authorities said.
Michael Ashley Moore, 24, had eluded police for more than three months in the shooting death of Leo Fletcher III, 21, at Jenny's Food Mart on Club Drive, police said.
Acting on a tip, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department fugitive investigators and U.S. Marshals burst into a home in the 800 block of Pleasant Hill Road in Lawrenceville, around the corner from the shooting scene.
They found Moore pent up in a closet, where "he attempted to reach for a gun, but was quickly apprehended," said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.
Moore's capture is the third arrest in the killing.
Police said bullets flew the night Fletcher was killed when a marijuana deal went sour. Police reportedly found more than $3,000 and small amounts of the drug in the Chevrolet Malibu where Fletcher's body was found.
Raymone Cook is charged with murder for accompanying the shooter in his white GMC Yukon to the scene. The shooting also left Dion Harris Jr. injured. Both he and the deceased man are from Sacramento, Calif.
Moore, Cook and Harris Jr. remain at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond on murder charges.
Authorities initially served a search warrant Monday morning on a home in the 4200 block of East Meadow in Duluth, where Moore had recently been staying, Bourbonnais said.
Once inside, authorities found six people and several pounds of marijuana, along with a stolen gun, Bourbonnais said. Moore was not found at the residence.
Four others were arrested on pending drug and weapons charges.