Auburn police chief: shooting suspect still at large

12:44 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
Desmonte Leonard, 22, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of three people in Auburn, Ala. over the weekend. (AP/Auburn PD)
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AUBURN, Ala. - The Monday night raid of a home in east Montgomery apparently has yielded no meaningful information about the whereabouts of murder suspect Desmonte Leonard.

Tommy Dawson, chief of the Auburn police department, said authorities still are searching for Leonard, a 22-year-old Montgomery resident who has been on the run since late Saturday night.

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A home in east Montgomery was raided by officers from a variety of law-enforcement agencies Monday night, which was expected to yield Leonard. Dawson declined to offer details about the raid Tuesday.

"They did exactly as they should have done," Dawson said. "I'm not going to get up here today and speak to their technology. It touched me that they cared enough to do what they did last night."

Dawson disputed a Reuters report that quoted an FBI spokesperson claiming that Monday's raid was made on the wrong home. Asked if the raid ultimately was a "song and dance" that had no bearing on the case, Dawson recoiled.

"When you're looking for the murderer of three young men, I don't think that's a song and dance," he said. "They didn't hit the wrong house."

The home on Barons Court currently appears vacant. No law-enforcement vehicles are at or near the residence and no officers are visible.

The reward for Leonard's apprehension and conviction has been raised to $30,000.

(Montgomery Advertiser)

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