/  01.11.2022

The alleged gunmen who were wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Young Dolph are in custody.

On Tuesday (Jan. 11), U.S. Marshals announced that they were able to arrest 23-year-old Justin Johnson in Indiana. “After a coordinated investigation by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Justin Johnson was captured today around 3:00 p.m. (C.S.T.) in Indiana,” the U.S. Marshals said in a release.

Cornelius Smith, the second alleged gunman, was arrested on Dec. 9 on an auto-theft warrant that involved the white Mercedes Benz that was used in Dolph’s shooting. On Tuesday, Smith was extradited from DeSoto County Jail to Shelby County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

Last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Memphis Police Department released Johnson’s name and image in an effort to get the public to assist them with his arrest. He faces several charges, including first-degree murder and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000. Johnson also has an outstanding warrant for violation of federal release related to a weapons conviction.

A few days ago, Johnson, who goes by the rap moniker Straight Drop, took to social media to announce that he was going to turn himself in to authorities on Monday (Jan. 10). However, the Shelby County District Attorney’s office said he never showed up.

As REVOLT previously reported, Dolph was shot and killed on Nov. 17 while purchasing cookies inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in his hometown of Memphis. Two gunmen were captured on surveillance video during the shooting wearing grey sweatpants, dark hoodies and white face masks. The white Mercedes that the suspects used to flee the scene was located a few days later at an abandoned home just miles from where the “RNB” emcee was shot.


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