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Man arrested in connection to shooting on South Meridian Road

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Posted at 6:38 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 18:20:47-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee man has been arrested for shooting two people after they asked him to leave a home on South Meridian Road.

Justus Smiley, 24, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department.

TPD says investigators worked persistently on the case, completing a search warrant at the incident location and finding evidence in the crime.

After consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, investigators with the Violent Crimes Unit established probable cause to charge Smiley with the shooting on South Meridian Street.

Warrants for Smiley’s arrest were obtained Sunday evening.

Smiley was taken into custody by TPD’s Career Criminal Unit on Monday.

Investigators were able to talk with Smiley about the incident. In addition, a search of the home where Smiley was arrested was completed with the cooperation of the residents.

While at the home, police found more evidence linked to the shooting.

During the course of the investigation, it was found the shooting took place when Smiley became angry after the victims requested he leave the home. Smiley fled the scene after firing a gun at the two victims.

Smiley was taken to the Leon County Detention Facility for processing.

He is being charged with two counts of attempted murder.


Police are investigating after they say two people were injured during a shooting on South Meridian Road over the weekend.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, officers responded to a shooting in the 2300 block of South Meridian Road on Sunday at approximately 1:52 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a woman and man both suffering from gun shot wounds.

Both victims were transported to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

TPD believes the incident is domestic in nature and that there is no threat to the public.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.