UPDATE: Crime stopper tip leads to arrest of murder suspect in Simsboro; Mother of victim speaks out

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UPDATE– RUSTON, LA. (03/11/2020)– In January, Jeffrey D. Early was shot and killed at a party in Ruston.

Officials believe Howard Jackson is responsible for his death. After months of searching, a crime stopper tip led officials to an apartment in Simbsoro. That’s where they found Howard Jackson.

Authorities say Jackson was hiding out in his girlfriend’s home. Jackson’s girlfriend told deputies he had been with her for about a week. Jeffrey’s mother, Victoria Palmo, says when officials contacted her, she took a big sigh of relief.

“They told me they got him out of a house in Simsboro,” Palmo said. “Lord, it was like weights lifted off of my shoulder. I was so glad. So, so glad.”

Palmo says if it wasn’t for the tip, she doesn’t know how long it would have been before her family could have some closure.

“Whoever gave the tip I thank them for doing it, but I wasn’t going to give up,” Palmo said. “I wasn’t gonna stop. I don’t care what it took, I was still going to find him.”

Palmo says although this will not bring her son back, she and her family can finally have some peace.

“I’m so happy we have justice now,” Willie Mae Heard, Jeffrey’s grandmother, said. “Everything is fine.”

Palmo says any information that can be given in any case can be crucial. She hopes people will come forward for other families, just as someone did for theirs.

“Just look at it like it was one of your family members,” Palmo said. “If it was your son or your daddy or brother. Look at it that way. I’m just glad. I’m happy.”

“Whoever tipped them off, I thank them very, very much,” Heard said.


UPDATE: (03/11/2020) — The Ruston Police Department has announced the arrest of the man accused of shooting and killing Jeffery Early in January.

Police say that on March 10, 2020, deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department were able to arrest Howard Jackson in Simsboro, LA, at his girlfriend’s apartment. Reports say that Jackson’s girlfriend, Shambreka Pope, told deputies that Jackson had been with her for approximately one week. Pope gave deputies

Law enforcement then obtained a search warrant for the apartment where Jackson was found. During the following search, deputies found 10 plastic baggies of marijuana, 42 units of MDMA, 12.5 units of Xanax, 10 strips of Suboxone, and a digital scale.

Both Jackson and Pope were arrested and then taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Jackson was booked on a warrant charge of Second Degree Murder and another warrant charge of Terrorizing. Both Pope and Jackson were also charged with the following:

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of MDMA with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of Suboxone with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of Xanax with Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jackson’s bond is currently set at $1,250,000. Pope’s bond has not been set as of yet.


ORIGINAL: (02/21/2020) RUSTON, La. — The Ruston Police Department is currently searching for a man wanted in the January shooting death of Jeffery Early.

According to police, Howard Jackson of Ruston is wanted for Second Degree Murder. Police say that Jackson should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information about where Jackson is, please call the Ruston Police Department at 318-255-4141.

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