UPDATE (November 10, 2019): Jose Angel Melendez-Davila is now back in Jones County. Major Jamie Tedford of the Jones County Sheriff's Department confirmed this afternoon that Jones County authorities had traveled to Morgan City, Louisiana, on Sunday to pick up the murder suspect and haul him to the Jones County Adult Detention Center. He is now locked up there and will go before a judge for his initial hearing later this week.
UPDATE (November 8, 2019): Major Jamie Tedford of the Jones County Sheriff's Department reported early today that Jose Angel Melendez-Davila has been captured. He was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Morgan City, Louisiana, around 4:00 a.m. this morning.
November 7, 2019
The Jones County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that hiding a 33-year-old Jones County murder suspect could lead to their arrest.
Jose Angel Melendez-Davila, who is considered armed and dangerous, is being sought for an early-morning shooting Thursday that injured his girlfriend and killed her son.
Maj. Jamie Tedford, with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, said the shooting happened at a home on Toombs Road around 1:35 a.m. Thursday. Tedford said witnesses identified Melendez-Davila as the alleged shooter and gave a description of the vehicle he was driving. That vehicle was found abandoned behind a business on 15th Avenue in Laurel.
Tedford said Melendez-Davila should not be approached if spotted. The sheriff’s office has requested help from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to find Melendez-Davila.
Melendez-Davila is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes, Tedford said.
Anyone who sees Melendez-Davila or has any information on his whereabouts, should call 911 immediately.