Police convince Hapeville shooter to turn himself in

6:47 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
Melvin Kemp (Photo: Hapeville PD)
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HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Hapeville police officers arrested a man on Friday afternoon who they say shot a woman in her chest earlier that morning during a robbery.

According to Sgt. Barry Barnes, shooter Melvin Kemp was taken into custody around 4:15 off Fulton Industrial Boulevard.

Detectives called Kemp on his cell phone, and talked him into turning himself in. Kemp told detectives where he was, then detectives met Kemp at that location, and arrested the suspect without further incident.

The morning shooting incident happened shortly before 10:00, when dispatchers arrived to the scene of the shooting, at the Scott Extermination company in the 800 block of Central Avenue.

When officers found the victim, she was awake, conscious and breathing, said Barnes. She told police what the shooter looked like. Shortly after, police identified the suspect.

At the time, police expected Kemp to be armed and dangerous. Kemp is 27 years old, 5'11" tall, 168 pounds, and has brown eyes and a medium build.

Kemp, as Barnes reported Friday morning, was last seen driving a black, older model Honda Civic car with red rims after the crime took place.

Anyone who has more information on the shooting may contact the Hapeville Police Department at (404) 768-7171 or (404) 669-2140.

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