SOUTH BEND — A murder suspect alleged to have shot and killed an 18-year-old outside a convenience store in August was apprehended Wednesday night in Indianapolis by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, police said today.
Before his arrest, Demerius Shaw, 18, who was charged with the Aug. 8 shooting death of Steven Chatman in the 800 block of North Olive Street, had not been seen since the murder.
A witness told police Shaw had been upset with Chatman and had a previous altercation with him. Shaw allegedly waited for Chatman outside The Olive Street Convenience Store and chased him, while continuing to shoot, after Chatman ran.
When authorities unsealed an indictment in August charging Shaw with murder, they revealed that only one gun was used in the killing and it was in Shaw’s possession.
There were two South Bend addresses listed for Shaw, but police said he had connections in the Indianapolis area.
Shaw had not been booked into the St. Joseph County Jail as of early afternoon today.
The shooting death prompted a series of community meetings at the nearby Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to address violence and drug activity in the area.
In October, The Olive Street Convenience Store was raided for allegedly selling Viagra, synthetic marijuana, and counterfeit athletic wear and shoes.