Auburn Police, U.S. Marshals, local authorities surround home in east Montgomery (Developing: 8:02 p.m.)
by Andrew Yawn / COMMUNITY EDITOR
Auburn Police, including Chief Tommy Dawson, is among multiple authorities that surrounded a Montgomery home in what could be connected with Saturday night’s triple homicide that occurred at the University Heights apartment complex in Auburn.
Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser is currently on the scene reporting that a State Trooper helicopter, up to 30 police cars and two ambulances are outside a house in East Montgomery on Barons Court.
“I received indirect confirmation that this incident is related to the Auburn triple homicide. Just a formality, sure, but now we know,” said Tate in a tweet.
The helicopter dropped to within 150 ft. of the home and Tate reports that a group of “toughs” have entered the household, although a border collie is the only thing removed from the house so far.
U.S. Marshals advised Tate to remain at a distance out of the line of fire, according to his Twitter account.
Smoke has also been seen billowing from one of the houses, according to WSFA Montgomery reporter Jennifer Oravet.
Police have been searching Montgomery for the suspect, Desmonte Leonard, who is wanted for three counts of capital murder and have closed off the street.
There is no official word that Leonard is in the house.
However, Sgt. Regina Duckett, public relations liaison for the Montgomery Police Department, said there is credible evidence that Leonard is in “one of the residences.”
“At this time we do feel like he will be found inside the residence,” Duckett said in an interview with WSFA Montgomery.