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Search Continues for Murder Suspect

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mapps tiltonPublic assistance is requested by the Sulphur Springs Police Department as they continue their search for  the elusive Tilton Joshua Isaiah Mapps of Greenville, according to SSPD CID Sgt. David Gilmore. The 20-year old black male is considered armed and dangerous. Mapps is wanted in the shooting death of Jonathan Trahern Young, 26, of Sulphur Springs.

Gilmore thinks Mapps has connections not only in Greenville but in other areas of Hunt County as well as Dallas County. Texas Ranger John Vance, the U. S. Marshall’s office, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting in the search for Mapps.

Previously, Gilmore has said, “We really need to get this subject in custody.” He said Mapps family members and associates of Mapps are not law abiding citizens and are assisting Mapps in eluding law officers.

The public is asked to assist in locating Mapps, who is considered armed and dangerous. Gilmore says Mapps is a black male, 5′ 10″ tall, 135 pounds, black hair and some facial hair like a mustache and goatee. Gilmore said few people in Sulphur Springs know Mapps, which has limited his apprehension.

The shooting took place June 8, at 2 a.m. Sulphur Springs Police Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call regarding a shooting in Pacific Park. Young was taken by EMS to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital where he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses at the scene identified Mapps as the shooter according to SSPD.

Author: Staff Reporter

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