Search for Berkeley County murder suspect moves to North Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The search for a man wanted in the shooting death of his girlfriend has shifted from the Goose Creek area into North Charleston.
Aubrey Tucker, 36, is considered armed and dangerous and wanted for the killing of 35-year-old Jessica Ancrum on Wednesday, deputies say.
Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said he believes Tucker stole a cellphone from a friend or acquaintance at gunpoint. Tips lead deputies to believe Tucker got into a car and fled the area.
Tucker had a court-issued GPS monitor authorities say had been removed and was found in the North Charleston area at approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Lewis told reporters Wednesday afternoon that Tucker and Ancrum got into an argument and that Tucker shot her at his parents’ home where he had been living.
“The time as you see keeps ticking and ticking but we feel like we got the pieces of the puzzle in place,” Lewis said. “I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know why the altercation took place. We haven’t gotten that far yet, but we are focused on getting him into custody and getting him off the streets.”
The sheriff said Tucker’s parents notified authorities about the shooting and said they have been cooperating with investigators.
Lewis says he is frustrated with the situation, saying, with Tucker’s rap sheet, it should not have happened at all.
Tucker has been booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center six times since 2015. He has faced multiple weapons charges, a felony conviction and several others for possessing drugs and stolen materials.
He was most recently booked last August and charged with murder. The judge in the case allowed him to post bond which enabled him to be in Goose Creek Wednesday.
Lewis says he respects the justice system, but says his deputies work too hard to have violent, repeat offenders get back out into the community.
“Well it’s very frustrating you know the detectives are working around the clock to try and solve these cases as our jurisdiction as the others have on these violent crimes and it takes a lot of work and time and we are trying to get the families of the victims you know so kind of peace about these things,” Lewis said.
The U.S. Marshals Service is assisting authorities in the search.
Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately.
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