Glendale, AZ – Monday afternoon, Jefferey Morris, 30, was arrested by Task Force members near 61st Avenue and Glendale Ave, in the city of Glendale. Morris was wanted by the Lexington Police Department in Kentucky for Murder.
In July 2014, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Morris. The warrant stemmed from an incident that took place in June 2014 during which Morris was involved in an altercation with Anthony L. Carter. At some point during the altercation, it is alleged that Morris brandished a firearm and shot Carter. Carter ultimately succumbed to the gunshot wounds and later died.
Recently, Deputy U.S. Marshals in Eastern Kentucky developed information that Morris may have fled to Arizona. Deputy U.S. Marshals in Arizona quickly acted on the information and further determined that Morris may be living in the Glendale area. Task Force members tracked Morris to an apartment complex and made contact with him. Morris provided a false identity to Task Force members, including what appeared to be fictitious identification documents. After further investigation Task Force members were able to positively identify the person in question as the fugitive, Jefferey Morris.
“This arrest is a true testament of what happens when law enforcement agencies work collaboratively to get violent criminals off our streets,” stated David P. Gonzales, United States Marshals for the District of Arizona. Marshal Gonzales added, “Fugitives should take notice that the United States Marshals Service, along with our state and local partners, will find them wherever they run.”
The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.