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Investigators reveal details of capture of suspect in Christmas Day shooting

(WMC-TV) - The suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting on Christmas Day was caught Tuesday night in St. Louis.

Rico Fleming evaded arrested for over two weeks.  The search came to an end Tuesday evening after a tip led investigators to Fleming's family in St. Louis, where he gave up without a fight.

"Rico Fleming has waived extradition and will be extradited back to Marshall County immediately," said Marshall County Sheriff's Department Investigator Kelly McMillen.

In a press conference Wednesday, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department said after hours of man power and overtime, 22-year-old Fleming was taken into custody by the St. Louis Violent Task Force.

Fleming was wanted for the Christmas Day murder of 16-year-old Derica Patterson.

Although he reportedly said he would not be taken alive, investigators said Fleming surrendered peacefully.

"He had a female to come out of the house and basically admit that he was in the house and he wanted her to let officers know that he was not armed," said Christopher Felix with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Marshall County investigators said hundreds of Crime Stoppers tips led to the arrest.

"The calls that we received were people who absolutely wanted this guy off the street," said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.  "They were not looking for any monetary gain."

Investigators said Fleming will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  They had one message to Patterson's family.

"We just want you to know that from this point on, we're going to do our best through the district attorney's office to prosecute this case to the fullest and seek justice in this matter," said McMillen.

Marshall County investigators said the car driven in the Christmas Day shooting has been recovered, but they have not recovered the weapon.

Dickerson said Fleming will face a Mississippi judge as early as Thursday morning.

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