Suspect arrested in Augusta motel homicide

Jaquarie Allen
Jaquarie Allen(Contributed)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 11:16 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2022 at 6:55 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect in the Knights Inn deadly shooting.

Jaquarie Allen, 22, of Augusta, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with Wednesday morning’s shooting at motel on Boy Scout Road.

On Thursday night, deputies released a photo of Allen.

Deputies say the victim – identified as 26-year-old Keshia Chanel Geter from Eastover, S.C. – was shot at least once.

Keshia Chanel Geter
Keshia Chanel Geter(WRDW)

Officials say more charges for Allen could be coming.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said it was ruled a homicide, and that’s how deputies are investigating it.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said its Criminal Investigation Division is working on the case.

Geter was the two-dozenth victim of an outbreak of lethal crimes across the CSRA.

The region has been dealing with an outbreak of fatal shootings and suspicious deaths, leading the sheriff to vow “decisive” action including gang crackdowns, roadblock checkpoints and use of high-tech surveillance cameras in targeted areas.

Including Wednesday’s shooting, homicides and suspicious deaths in the CSRA have claimed at least 24 lives since mid-April. Other cases include these:

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