SMYRNA, Tenn. – An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting on Interstate 24 last December.
Officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Edgar Domonique Covington, of Nashville, has been charged in the shooting death of Jackie Warpoole, Jr., of Smyrna.
Warpoole was found shot to death inside his car on December 15 near the Almaville Road exit in Smyrna. After a six month investigation, authorities identified Covington as the alleged shooter.
Sheriff Robert Arnold with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting appeared to be a random, violent encounter. He said the victim did not know the alleged gunman.
Covington was charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony and reckless endangerment.
Warpoole’s widow, Angela, issued the following statement from his family:
“The family of Jackie Warpoole would like to thank Detective Humphress, Detective Craig, and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and dedication. Because of their commitment and countless hours over the last six months, the person responsible for killing Jackie has been arrested.
“The family is forever grateful and continues to pray that the proper justice will be served for Jackie. They would also like to thank their friends and family that have continued to support and pray for them during this tragedy. We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy at this time and direct any comments or questions to the Sheriff’s Office.”