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Atlanta fugitive arrested in Claxton
Kimberly L. Ward, wanted in shooting of ex-boyfriend, was only female on FBIs Top 10 Most Wanted
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Kimberly Laverne Ward

A woman wanted in the 2012 shooting of her ex-boyfriend in Atlanta was apprehended Tuesday, at Claxton Poultry, according to Atlanta police.

Kimberly Laverne Ward, 34, was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department's Fugitive Unit in conjunction with the FBI. Ward was wanted for the attempted murder of her ex-boyfriend on March 19, 2012, at an Atlanta residence, the Atlanta Police Department said in a news release distributed by the FBI Thursday morning.

The victim was shot one time in the chest and was placed on a breathing tube to survive. Ward was the only female on the Top 10 Most Wanted list and stayed there for more than two years, the FBI said.

She has been on the run since then and was located in Claxton, working at the poultry plant, Atlanta police said.

She was living in Savannah. Ward had been working for Claxton Poultry since May 2012, just a couple of months after the victim was shot. Mark Bland, the human resources director at Claxton Poultry, said Ward was a tray packer.

"Her arrest is credited to continued dedication by the lead investigator and great teamwork between the Atlanta Police Fugitive Unit and the FBI," the Atlanta Police Department's news release says.

Ward has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of aggravated battery and kidnapping.


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