Cordoba homicide suspect arrested after blockade situation in South Memphis


UPDATE: The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 33-year-old Byron Pipkin. He was charged with first degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, domestic assault and bodily harm and outstanding warrants.

Byron Pipkins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a suspect wanted in a Cordoba homicide has been arrested after being barricaded at a south Memphis hotel.

Dozens of Shelby County sheriff’s deputies filled the area of ​​Ketchum Road and Airways Boulevard after receiving a tip that the person accused of killing a woman in Cordoba was hiding at the Economy Inn.

The suspect is believed to be wanted in connection with a fatal shooting on Cross Wood Lane. The sheriff’s office says a woman was fatally shot in a home Thursday morning.

The woman was later identified as 28-year-old Marquicha Thomas. Investigators say Thomas’ shooting death stemmed from a domestic violence incident.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect refused to come out after receiving verbal orders. As a result, a crisis negotiator was appointed.

Relatives of the suspect also came forward to help investigators.

After just over two hours of being barricaded inside one of the rooms, a person exited the room and was taken into custody.

The sheriff’s office says detectives are still investigating the scene. The identity of the detained person has not been revealed.


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