Suspect arrested in summer shooting in Smyrna


Nov. 17 – Cobb police said on Thursday they have made an arrest for a murder this summer at the Highlands of West Village apartments in Smyrna.

Decatur resident Tavis Crankfield, 20, was apprehended Wednesday afternoon after a “brief foot chase,” the department said, near Powers Ferry and Delk roads. Crankfield is charged with the July murder of Jason Escoffrey.

Escoffrey, 21, was found shot multiple times near the apartments’ pool on the night of July 17. Crankfield fled before officers arrived, police said.

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In August, the department issued a public appeal for help in solving the murder.

“With witness statements and Crime Stopper Tips, detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit of the Cobb County Police Department were able to issue an arrest warrant for Tavis Crankfield on felony murder and aggravated assault with intent to murder,” the department said Thursday.

Crankfield is currently being held without bail in Cobb Prison.

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Deputy Chief Steve Kucynda said in a statement Thursday: “This four-month-old case is a testament to the dedication, determination and cooperation of the men and women of various law enforcement agencies to help apprehend a dangerous fugitive.

“We are proud to have a strong partnership with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service. In addition, we are grateful to our citizens and their continued support of the Cobb County Police Department. Thank you to everyone who assisted in the arrest from Tavis Cranfield.”

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