Orlando man arrested nearly a month after deadly Davenport shooting, deputies say

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Florida. – A man was arrested Aug. 18, nearly a month after a Georgia man was found dead in Davenport after a carjacking, according to the Osceola Sheriff’s Office.

Tyrell Johnson, 20, faces multiple charges following the shooting death of 22-year-old Jeremiah Brown, including murder while engaged in a carjacking, carjacking with a weapon fatal and a major auto theft, according to an affidavit.

A 17-year-old also faces charges stemming from the fatal shooting, according to court records.

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Deputies said they found the man shot in the abdomen and ‘unresponsive’ on July 21 near Westside Boulevard and Ronald Reagan Parkway after a security guard and a witness discovered Brown lying down on the pavement “covered in scratches as if pushed or jumped from a moving car.

The victim told the man who worked as a security guard in a nearby neighborhood that he had been shot and repeatedly called for his girlfriend, with whom he had vacationed in Florida, investigators said .

According to an affidavit, as the security guard approached Brown, he observed a man standing outside two vehicles parked just south of the victim. When the man saw the security guard, the subject fled, investigators said.

Detectives said the suspects entered the gated community by bypassing the guards’ hut through the exit door. Once inside, the arrest affidavit says they encountered Brown and his rental Mercedes.

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Video surveillance captured both the suspect’s and victim’s cars speeding out of the neighborhood and the sound of gunfire. The vehicles both stopped on Westside Boulevard, just south of where Brown was later found. The affidavit says security cameras also caught a suspect walking back to the area where the body was before driving off in the stolen car.

Brown was later taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, investigators said.

The stolen Mercedes was later found in the Apopka region, according to deputies. A search warrant for the car led to the discovery of a single 9mm casing and blood inside the front passenger door.

Brown’s mother believes her son was targeted as a tourist staying at a vacation rental.

“It seems like tourist communities where people are staying in vacation rentals like Airbnb, those communities seem to be targeted,” Brown said.

Brown’s mother said she will remember him as a hardworking family man, who leaves behind two children.

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“They were eating pizza, swimming in the pool and within 48 hours he was gone,” Brown said.

According to an affidavit, investigators found Johnson was responsible for at least 11 incidents involving vehicle break-ins and stolen vehicles in the Champions Gate area.

Investigators added that Johnson is a known member of the Apopka-based Veli Gang.

Johnson is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail where he is being held without bond on three counts and being held on $10,000 bond for auto theft.

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