NORCROSS — Nicholas Jackson Sr. — the father of the 15-year-old Norcross boy shot down during a February home invasion — has been arrested in connection with a federal investigation.
Norcross police announced early Thursday evening that Jackson Sr., 38, was arrested Wednesday at the Norcross Police Department “on a warrant relating to a federal investigation.”
Local authorities assisted agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration with the arrest, Norcross police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr said.
Harr referred questions about the investigation to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. Inquiries there were not returned Thursday.
It was not clear if the investigation or arrest had any connection to the death of Jackson’s son.
Nicholas “Nick” Jackson II was a middle-school valedictorian and a freshman football player at Norcross High School. On Feb. 2, he and his sister were home alone when six men stormed their family’s three-story residence on Autry Street. Investigators believe the teen was barricading the basement door with his hands when six shots were fired.
Nick Jackson died after being shot through the heart.
Six suspects were ultimately arrested and charged with burglary and murder. The rented van they were riding in was allegedly filled with ski masks, latex gloves, duct tape and handguns.
Authorities also recovered about $19,000 in cash in the van, though the elder Jackson told police that only about $600 — which Nick Jackson had reportedly stashed away from chores and birthdays — was missing from their home.