Suspect ‘Desperate For Transportation’ While Fleeing Cops Shot Man During Fatal Carjacking, Police Claim

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Source: Atlanta Police Department; UNSPLASH

Oct. 19 2022, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A suspect Georgia authorities said was so “desperate for transportation” that he fatally shot a man during a hijacking has been apprehended in connection with the murder in Alabama.

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Shortly after 4 a.m. on Oct. 13, Atlanta police attempted to stop a car with no license plate. Detectives said Travis Landrey, 18, of Louisiana, and Braylon Espree were in the car and allegedly fled, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.

A short time later, officers located the vehicle overturned and only an injured Espree was inside. He was transported to an area hospital, and police continued their search for Landrey.

Atlanta Police Det. Kevin Leonpacher said investigators believe Landrey was “walking somewhere in that same area with a firearm trying to obtain a new form of transportation.”

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The detective said Landrey allegedly encountered contractor Christopher Eberhart, 57, in a GMC Sierra pickup backed into a driveway and a "confrontation led to the motor vehicle hijacking of Mr. Eberhart's [vehicle] and his shooting death there at the scene.”


“We believe [Landrey] was in Atlanta, in a place he was not familiar with, with a firearm, and he was desperate for transportation,” Leonpacher added.

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After Espree’s release from the hospital, he and Landrey reconnected and allegedly fled the state in the victim’s truck.

Det. Leonpacher said authorities were able to track the vehicle to Alabama and the men were stopped in Mobile County and taken into custody without incident.

Landrey faces a murder charge and is awaiting extradition to Georgia.


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