Suspect in NC homicide taken into custody in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A wanted homicide suspect was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

Newport News police were working with the Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshal Service to locate 27-year-old Travis Jefferson, who was taken into custody around 2 p.m.

He is charged with first-degree murder in a homicide in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Police searched surrounding areas near 35th Street and Roanoke Avenue for Jefferson.

Officials also said that Booker T. Washington Middle School was placed on lockdown, as a precaution.

WFXR’s sister station WNCN reports Jefferson was wanted for shooting a woman in the head on Sept. 19. The victim, 21-year-old Nicoda Melvin, died from her injury. Jefferson has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the fatal shooting.

Police said the shooting was domestic-related.

Three days after Melvin was killed, her brother, two relatives, and a fourth person were shot in Fayetteville during a home invasion. The family confirmed to WNCN that 16-year-old Konye Melvin and 19-year-old Marquez Melvin were both killed. Their cousin and Nicoda Melvin’s brother, 19-year-old Maurice Melvin, was also shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police have not said if they think Jefferson is connected to the deadly home invasion, but said they are “diligently investigating leads.” They said assuming the cases are linked would be “presumptive.” However, authorities ask anyone with information about that incident to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting and submitting a tip.

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