A Statesboro man died Friday night after he was shot in the chest at the Park Place apartment complex in Statesboro. Police identified 16-year-old Eric Dyquen Nicolas as the primary suspect in the shooting of Tamashe’ Diquan Jones, 19. Nicolas remained at large Monday afternoon.
The Statesboro Police Department has a warrant for Nicolas’ arrest on a charge of murder during the commission of a felony. Since he will be charged as an adult, police have identified him by name and are circulating his picture.
“We encourage Nicolas to turn himself in to the nearest law enforcement agency immediately,” the department stated in a news release provided by Madison Bridges Warren, SPD community information specialist.
Anyone else with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Police Department or nearest other law enforcement or call 911 immediately.
“Do not try to make contact with this subject, or any fugitive, yourself,” Monday’s statement advised. “He is considered armed and dangerous.”
Jones’ home address was on East Jones Avenue. Nicolas also was identified as a Statesboro resident, with a Pine Street address.
Friday night party
Around 10:48 p.m. Friday, SPD officers and detectives went to several apartments within the Park Place complex at 230 Lanier Drive in response to reports of shots being fired. Around the same time, other officers went to East Georgia Regional Medical Center because of a report from the hospital of a gunshot victim.
Two neighbors had rushed Jones to the emergency room after finding him on the ground at Park Place, police reported. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police believe the shooting was related to a party that was underway at one of the apartments.
“Two guys stepped outside to settle a problem, and one pulled a gun and shot the other one,” said Statesboro Chief of Police Mike Broadhead.
The weapon was a handgun, he said, and the victim suffered a single wound to the chest. Around the time the call to police came in from the hospital, an officer already on the scene at Park Place chased two people who ran from him there, and another officer saw them run into an apartment, Broadhead said.
“We ended up arresting eight people out of that apartment on peripheral charges,” he said.
The release that Warren provided later Monday listed six individuals, each charged with one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession “related to the incident.” But these may not be all of the arrests, because officers or detectives may still have reports to file, she said.
Meanwhile, the gun used in the shooting had not been recovered yet, either.
“So we assume that he still has it. …,” Broadhead said around 11 a.m. Monday. “The U.S. Marshal’s Task Force is here helping us search for him.”
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES).