Desmond Leonard, the man suspected of killing three people and wounding others near Auburn University, has turned himself in to a U.S. Marshal. CNN reports he could be returned to Auburn for a court appearance as early as Wednesday.
Leonard, 22, faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of assault for Saturday night’s shooting that took place at an off-campus apartment complex. The rampage left two former Auburn football players dead and a current football player among the wounded. Authorities said he opened fire after a fight over a woman at a party.
“You can’t run but for so long,” said police chief Tommy Dawson. “We were going to pursue until we caught him.”
Dawson also addressed the families of the victims.
“I know your young men won’t be coming home, but hopefully this arrest will give you some closure. It’s not over. We’re going to continue to investigate this case,” he said.
Attorney Susan James reportedly picked up Leonard approximately 50 miles outside of Montgomery after the three-day search that included an unsuccessful raid of a local home. She notes he was “very calm, very tired and very ready to get this over with and very respectful.”
“When the full story is told, it may sound different that the perception now,” James added.
Auburn University President Jay Gogue released the following statement on Leonard’s arrest:
“We appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Auburn City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. This is a difficult time for our campus and community. We’re remembering those who lost their lives, and it’s important that we pull together to help those who are grieving and recovering.”