GPS leads police to man wanted in South Carolina homicides

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2016 9:24 AM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina say they were able to find a man wanted in a double homicide because he was wearing a GPS device after an earlier burglary conviction and his arrest on attempted murder charges.

Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby told local media outlets that 29-year-old Calvin Derrell Ford of Myrtle Beach was arrested Sunday and faces two counts of murder and weapons charges.

The charges stem from a Saturday night shooting following an argument outside a city fire station. A police report says firefighters heard gunshots and then pounding on the station door.

They found two critically injured men identified as 26-year-old Dameion Hakeem Alston and 27-year-old Marquis Jamal Burgess, both of Myrtle Beach. Both died later at a hospital.

Ford, who had a conviction for second-degree burglary, also was facing charges of attempted murder and weapons offenses stemming from an incident last year.

He was arrested Sunday afternoon without incident. He is in jail and it was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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According to arrest warrants, witnesses said Ford and Burgess were arguing when Ford pulled out a gun and began to fire "multiple rounds, striking both victims."

Police said Burgess also was wearing a GPS device.

Court records show he was released on bond with the tracking device just last week on charges of attempted murder stemming from a gunfight at a local pub last August.