Police searching for attempted murder suspect

Published 9:06 pm Friday, June 22, 2018

The Selma Police Department is looking for a young man connected to a Monday afternoon shooting.

A warrant is out for the arrest of Marquavious Benjamin, 19, Selma Police Department Sergeant Jeffery Hardy said Friday.

“The man is considered armed and dangerous,” Hardy said.

Selma officers responded to the 200 block of Dedman Street after receiving calls about a gunshot victim Monday between 11 a.m. and noon.

Witnesses told police a small white car with brown stripe at the bottom driven by a black man and another black man on the passenger front seat. Ten shots were fired and hit the right leg of a man.

The men in the car were later identified as Benjamin and Marquavious Billingsley, 16.

A witness said Benjamin shot Zechariah Brown, 16 at his home.  Brown was later taken to Vaughan Emergency Room for treatment. Brown is currently at home.

This was the second time Benjamin shot Brown over the last several weeks. He shot Brown in the chest the first time.

Hardy, who works in the Homicide department, said bullets were taken from the fence and Brown’s home.

Around 8 p.m. Monday, Billingsley was arrested by the Dallas County Sherriff’s office and charged with probation violation and attempted murder. He was also carrying a nine-millimeter handgun, possibly the weapon used. Billingsley remains in the Dallas County jail without bail, as of Friday afternoon.

Hardy said the three men are connected to a recent shooting on Marie Foster Street.

“We need to get Benjamin off the streets before someone else gets killed,” Hardy said. “It’s been an ongoing dispute between the three.”

Anyone with the whereabouts of Benjamin can call either (334) 410-0734 or dial 911.