SMYRNA, Ga. – Alabama police have made an arrest in the July shooting death of a 21-year-old man at a Smyrna apartment complex.
Tavis Crankfield, 20, of Decatur was arrested by the Cobb County Police Department’s Violent Crimes Bureau after a brief foot chase near Powers Ferry Road and Delk Road.
Crankfield is suspected of shooting and killing Jason Escoffrey at a West Village apartment on the evening of July 19, Cobb County police say. Escofri was found in the complex’s swimming pool around 11 p.m. Police say he was shot multiple times.
Aria was immediately taken to an area hospital but was injured.
Jason Stephen Escoffrey (Family photo via Harris Funeral Home)
Investigators say the case has been prioritized.
“This four-month-old case is a testament to the dedication, determination and cooperation of men and women from various law enforcement agencies to help capture a dangerous fugitive,” Cobb County Police Acting Chief Deputy Chief Steve Kucinda said. “We are proud to have a strong working partnership with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service. Additionally, we are grateful to our citizens and the Cobb County Police Department for their continued support. Thank you to everyone who assisted with the concern,” Tavis Crankfield said.
Escofri’s mother called her son a good boy with a bright future.
The motive behind the shooting has not been revealed.
Crankfield was charged with murder and assault with intent to murder.