17-year-old shooting suspect bolts from court to avoid jail

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) The suspect in an April shooting outside an Augusta grocery store is now in jail – but he didn’t go there easily.

Chandley “Lil June” Roney Jr., 17, was wanted on suspicion of aggravated assault in the incident outside Paul’s IGA, 2 Greene St., that injured a man in the leg.

After his arrest, he was in court on Monday due to his bond being revoked, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

As a deputy was occupied, Roney got up, jumped over a rail in the courtroom and ran toward the exit, according to deputies. A deputy immediately responded and chased Roney.

Roney was caught on the first floor of the courthouse, according to deputies.

After being checked for injuries at a local hospital, Roney was booked into jail.

The shooting outside Paul’s came just as a surge in shootings and deadly violent crime started to ramp up across the CSRA.

Since the April 20 shooting, around 40 people have been slain across the CSRA. Although Augusta as the largest city has been especially affected, the slaying surge has involved cities large and small.

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