Suspected murderer arrested

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February 22, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---An ex-con, parole jumper and murder suspect is back in jail.

Officers captured Maurice Roscoe this afternoon at a Gordon Highway motel. He was wanted for killing Pierce McClattie, Jr. Tuesday night (February 20).

At mid afternoon inside one messy motel room, it was an arrest two years in the making.

"Officers secured the room, the perimeter inside and outside, and at that time they actually talked the suspect out of the room," Sgt. Richard Roundtree of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told News 12.

28-year-old Maurice Roscoe was captured at 1:30 today at Augusta's Relax Inn. He was wanted for the murder of 21-year-old Pierce McClattie, Jr. earlier this week.

Pierce's father, Pierce McClattie, Sr., is relieved.

"When I looked at him, I just looked at him in pictures you know, and it looked like he didn't care about anybody else's life," he told News 12.

The arrest came shortly after police received a tip Roscoe may have been in the Dogwood Terrace housing project.

News 12 was there as they saturated the streets but were quickly called to Gordon Highway.

In room 226, they not only found their fugitive, but a 9 millimeter handgun they believe is the murder weapon.

"Of course it's still an ongoing murder investigation," Sgt. Roundtree said. "The weapon will be sent off for ballistic comparison. But right now, we are just extremely excited and extremely pleased with the public's help. No one was hurt, the suspect was taken into custody without incident, one less gun is on the streets of Augusta, and one less violent offender is within our community."

Maurice Roscoe is facing multiple charges, including one count of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and parole violation.

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