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Arrest Made in Deputy Slaying

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Breaking news from Gastonia: Police have arrested two teens in connection with the shooting death of off-duty deputy Frederick Gaston III.

16-year-old Rakcam Jamall Fleming of Gastonia and 17-year-old Tommy Dean Barnette Jr. have both been charged with first-degree murder. Additionally, Barnette faces a felon firearm possession charge.

Gaston, a Jackson County, Mississippi deputy; was shot during his stay at the Microtel Inn on Broadcast Street. Deputies say it may have been an attempted robbery.

Police were called to the scene just past 11 p.m.  Gaston was taken to Gaston Medical Center, where he died.

The Microtel did have surveillance footage of the incident. That, combined with witness reports, led police to the suspects..

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