LIMA – A 23-year-old Lima man wanted for murder who has eluded law enforcement authorities for nearly two years has been captured in Alabama.
Sgt. Jason Garlock of the Lima Police Department reports that at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday the LPD received confirmation that Chaz D. Jackson was arrested in Huntsville, Alabama, on a felony warrant issued out of Allen County.
Jackson was indicted in connection with the shooting death of Wapakoneta resident Ryan VanBuskirk that took place Nov. 21, 2016, in the 700 block of Catalpa Avenue in Lima.
Rione Gray, 22, of Florissant, Missouri, was sentenced in November of 2017 to six years in prison for his role in VanBuskirk’s death. Gray and Jackson were charged with murder. Gray accepted a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of involuntary manslaughter, with a firearm specification.
Former Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Kohlreiser alleged during court proceedings in Gray’s case that Jackson pulled the trigger of the gun that killed the Wapakoneta man, but she noted Gray bore a portion of the responsibility for setting up a drug deal that led to the murder.
Gray eluded authorities for some time and was eventually captured in St. Louis, Missouri.