Georgia murder suspect arrested after firing at officers in Gastonia

GASTONIA, N.C. — Police in Gaston County arrested a man who is wanted for murder in Georgia after they said he shot at officers and led them on a brief chase overnight.

Police received information that Jamar Harris, of Rock Hill, was in the area and found him driving on Ozark Avenue.

When officers confronted him, they said he shot at them and sped off down Cox Road.

Police chased Harris, 32, over Interstate 85 before they said he rear-ended a car and T-boned another before eventually giving up.


Sheriff's investigators in Oconee County, Georgia believe Harris murdered Rendell Cunningham, who is from Lancaster, South Carolina.

Officials said Cunningham was shot four times and his body was found last Saturday in Georgia.

Harris faces murder charges in Georgia, and in Gastonia he is facing four charges of attempted first-degree murder related to shooting at the officers.

Harris also faces charges in Gastonia for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of heroin in addition to a fleeing to elude arrest charge.

He was in the county jail under a $4 million bond.

In March, Harris was arrested on an attempted murder charge when police said he fired several shots into his own home on Sidney Street in Rock Hill.

No was hurt in that incident.

Channel 9's news partner The Gaston Gazette contributed to this report.

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