Wheels of justice beginning to turn following Duplex City shootout


One murder suspect was rounded up last night, while two others remained at large as of Monday evening, all stemming from a "rolling shootout" in Duplex City over the weekend.

Already booked at the county jail is Dillion Chapman, 17. Chapman, pictured above at left, is being charged with felony murder, aggravated assault (four counts) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Meanwhile, one of the other suspects actually was shot, himself, four months ago on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. That man – Derquavious Kier –ultimately recovered from his gunshot wounds after initially being listed in "critical but stable condition," and now he is listed as one of the Duplex City murder suspects. Kier, pictured above at right, remained on the run as of Monday evening.

The other murder suspect is a 14-year-old.

Also, the Milledgeville Police Department has released the name of the murder victim – Desmond Rivers, 16. Rivers marks the third juvenile who's been shot in Duplex City just in the last five months. A 15-year-old boy underwent a four-hour surgery on his spinal cord after being shot on Grandview Drive back in July, while a 16-year-old boy and his dog were both shot while walking along Laura Court the month prior.

Getting back to Saturday's "rolling shootout," The MPD offered more details during a previous press release.

"On Saturday, November 25, 2023, at approximately 12:30pm, patrol units from the Milledgeville Police Department responded to the 2300 Block of Anthony Way in reference to multiple reports of shots fired. While units were on the way to the scene they were advised of multiple homes and vehicles struck by gunfire. Callers also advised dispatchers that occupants of a red Dodge Charger and dark blue Toyota Corolla were observed shooting from the vehicles.

"Officers arrived in the area and located a dark blue Toyota Corolla at the end of Anthony Way with several bullet holes and a sixteen-year-old male juvenile deceased in the front passenger seat. As officers were securing the crime scene a Baldwin County deputy observed a red Dodge Charger on Dunlap Road and conducted a traffic stop. The Dodge Charger had bullet holes and all four occupants were detained and transported to the Baldwin County Jail for questioning by Milledgeville PD detectives."

"I can say with 100 percent confidence that it was completely gang related," said Milledgeville Police Department Chief Dray Swicord.

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