Ardmore police arrested a local man wanted on a warrant charging him with a June drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon, and his girlfriend went to jail for hiding her man in the southeast side house the couple shared.
Det. Matt Dunn, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said 37-year-old Avery Anderson, also known as Avery Johnson, was taken into custody without incident at a residence located in the 800 block of White Street. Anderson was booked into the Carter County Detention Center on the warrant charging him with discharging a firearm into a dwelling.
Kenya Dangerfield, 37, was arrested a short time later and booked into the county jail pending a charge of harboring a fugitive.
“She knew he was wanted and she has been allowing him to stay at the residence all along,” Dunn said.
Anderson was named the prime suspect in a June 19 drive-by shooting at 501 E St. NW. Dunn said at the time an eyewitness identified Anderson as the man who drove by the house shortly before 10 p.m. and fired a number of shots. The detective indicated the incident was apparently spurred by a verbal dispute between the occupants of the house and three juveniles earlier in the evening.
“A parent (Anderson) came back and shot up the residence,” Dunn explained.
No one was injured as a result of the shooting, but damage was done to the residence.
An immediate search for Anderson, which included the house he shares with Dangerfield, was unsuccessful. The public was urged at the time to provide information concerning his whereabouts, and Dunn sought and obtained an arrest warrant.
Wednesday, Dunn said Dangerfield was aware her live-in boyfriend was wanted, but took no action to inform police he had returned to the residence and was using it as a hideout.
The couple could make court appearances as early as today. Anderson’s criminal history includes a felony conviction of possession of an altered weapon.