UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have arrested a suspect and identified the victim in Friday's homicide at a Hixson Pike convenience store.
An affidavit obtained by Channel 3 says that police arrived at the Kangaroo Express located at 4849 Hixson Pike and found Eric Burchfield deceased lying on the pavement next to his vehicle. Investigators later found a .380 caliber casing a few feet away from Burchfield's body. He appeared to suffered a single gunshot wound to his back.
Investigators interviewed witnesses and were able to get a description of the suspect.
A short time later, while delivering a notification of death to Burchfield's next-of-kin, Sgt. Miller was told by his mother that "Ember (Lee Cash Elm) killed him." The mother said that Burchfield and Elm had been arguing earlier in the day. Burchfield's cell phone was examined at the scene and displayed messages consistent with two people at odds.
Based on the information provided, officers were able to arrest Elm at her home. While investigators were waiting for CPD Fugitive Investigators to arrive Elm escaped from handcuffs and fled on foot but was able to be captured a short distance away.
While attempting to flee Elm attempted to get something from an unzipped pouch on the front of a backpack belonging to her. The officers looked into the backpack and found a black .380 semi-automatic handgun.
Ember Lee Cash Elm, 26, also known as Emily Leanne Brooks, has been charged with criminal homicide and possession of a weapon in the shooting death of 28-year-old Eric Burchfield.
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Police are investigating the city's latest homicide that happened at the corner of Hixson Pike and Cloverdale Drive just before 3:30am Friday.
Police say an officer on patrol saw the victim on the ground in front of the BP gas station near Northgate Mall.
"When the patrol officers arrived they did use emergency life-saving procedures in order to save the life of the victim,” said Sgt. Victor Miller. However, their efforts weren't successful. Now CPD is investigating the city's 21st homicide this year. Detectives searched a white car near where the victim was found.
"At this time it does not appear to be a drive-by shooting,” said Sgt. Miller.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are investigating a fatal shooting on the 4800 block of Hixson Pike.
Chattanooga police say members of the Violent Crime Bureau are following all actionable leads. Anyone in the area that may have heard or witnessed anything suspicious, are asked to call investigators using the Homicide Tip Line: 423-643-5100