3rd suspect in Madison shooting arrested in Tenn.

A third man charged in a shooting earlier this month in the parking lot of a Madison fast-food restaurant was arrested Tuesday in Tennessee.

Ferlando Esco, 31, of Ridgeland was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Clarksville, Tenn., said Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrop. U.S. marshals arrested Esco about 5:30 p.m., he said.

Marshals charged Esco with violating his federal probation. It’s unclear how soon he will be returned to Madison, where he faces charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, aggravated assault, fleeing from a law enforcement officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“We’re certainly happy to get him off the street,” Waldrop said.

He said law enforcement officers from his department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Central Mississippi Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshal’s Office worked together to track Esco in Tennessee.

“Hopefully, we’re sending a message not to commit crimes in Madison,” said Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler.

Esco, Michael Terrel Johnson, 28, of Ridgeland and Isiah Sanders, 23, of Jackson each were charged in the June 14 shooting of Curtis James, 25, of Canton in the parking lot of McDonald’s at 1040 U.S. 51. James, who was shot in the back near his GMC Suburban, managed to get back into the restaurant after the shooting. He collapsed inside the building.

Esco served seven years in prison after a 1991 conviction for armed robbery in Madison County, officials said. He was indicted in 1998 in Hinds County for being a felon in possession of a firearm, records show. He was convicted of the same felony crime in 2000 and placed on probation. Esco also is on federal probation for a possession of counterfeit insurance charge, police said.

Clarion Ledger
6/29/5