Crime & Courts

Monroe man arrested in fatal shooting

Monroe police on Saturday continued to investigate a fatal shooting that left one man dead Friday and a suspect who was captured with his baby in his vehicle after a multicar collision

Christopher Jermareus Thomas, 22, of Marshville was charged with first-degree murder, misdemeanor child abuse and possession of a stolen firearm, among other offenses, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas is scheduled to appear in Union County court on Monday.

Police gave this account of the incident:

Thomas was at the Singh’s Mart at 715 E. Franklin St. around 3:30 p.m. Friday and “got into some kind of altercation in the parking lot (with the victim),” said Monroe interim police Chief Bryan Gilliard.

Thomas allegedly shot the victim, Necole DeMont Horn, 26, also of Marshville, and fled the scene in a white Isuzu Rodeo.

A short time later, a lieutenant with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and a lieutenant with the Monroe Police Department located a vehicle matching that description on U.S. 74 heading toward Wingate. The vehicle Thomas was driving was involved in a collision with three other vehicles at U.S. 74 and Bivens Road.

He was arrested at the scene without incident.

His 3-month-old daughter was in the Isuzu but was not injured, according to police. Thomas also was not injured, and the other drivers and passenger had only minor injuries, according to the interim chief.

Police were still investigating Saturday what the altercation was about, and whether Thomas and the victim knew one another.

When police responded at the scene, they found Horn unresponsive with several gunshot wounds. Horn was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe, where he died, Gilliard said.

Staff writer Celeste Smith contributed.