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Arrest warrant: Shooting suspect 'disliked' Scott Co. homeless shelter director

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An arrest report sheds new light on a possible motive in the murder of a Scott County homeless shelter director.

According to the arrest warrant, Josiah Jones left his home on Luther Phillips Road in Helenwood early Tuesday morning in a white Ford truck owned by Eunice P. Neal.

He got out of the truck, went into the Scott County Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry and shot Jerry Voiles with a shotgun. Voiles died of his injuries.

Jones reportedly disliked Voiles because of anger management classes taken about two years ago, according to the warrant.

Voiles' family told 10News that Voiles taught anger management classes.

After the shooting, Jones drove off in the truck.

Several witnesses saw him and one of them got the truck's tag number and gave it to an officer.

Officers tracked the number and found it was registered to Neal, then located the truck at the home of Jones' father, Gary Jones.

Jones abandoned the shotgun inside the truck and left his father's home with his father, according to the arrest warrant.

Law enforcement officers contacted Gary Jones by phone and asked him to return to Scott County with his son.

The arrest warrant states that Josiah Jones told his father that he "killed a man this morning" and took off in his father's vehicle.

Jones was later arrested near Anniston, Alabama after the vehicle ran out of gas.

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Josiah Samuel Jones, 29, has been captured, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Jones was wanted for the murder of Jerry Voiles, who was shot inside the Scott County Homeless Shelter & Food Pantry Tuesday morning.

Officials say he was taken into custody on I-20 near Anniston, AL when he ran out of gas.

He is being transported to the Claiborne County, Alabama jail.


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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added Josiah Samuel Jones, 29, of Helenwood to its Top Ten Most Wanted List in an effort to locate him and take him into custody.

Jones is wanted for the murder of Jerry Voiles, the director of the Scott County Homeless Shelter & Food Pantry.

"There was some surveillance video a detective looked at and one of the individuals at the food bank typed in the vehicle number as it was fleeing the scene," Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross said when asked how detectives narrowed in on Jones so quickly.

Jones will be charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Jones was convicted in 2008 of a felony involving a deadly weapon in Scott County. He also has a criminal history that dates back to 2002 and includes drug possession, theft, probation violation, vandalism, aggravated assault, DUI and false reporting.

Jones is described as a white male with black hair, brown eyes, and is currently clean shaven. He is 5'11," weighs 245 lbs. and has tattoos on both arms. He is currently driving a white 2011 Nissan Frontier with brown pin stripes, front end damage and a Tennessee license plate tag 367-PJL. It is possible he has left the state of Tennessee. Jones is considered armed and dangerous and should be approached with caution.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Josiah Samuel Jones is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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Authorities are looking for a man wanted for the murder of the director of the Scott County Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry.

According to Sheriff Mike Cross, deputies were called to the shelter, located on Jeffers Road near Huntsville, just after 9:00 am Tuesday morning.

When they arrived, they found Jerry Voiles, 58, dead of a single gunshot wound.

With the help of surveillance cameras and interviews, investigators have named a suspect, Josiah Samuel Jones, 30, of Scott County.  He left the scene in a white 2001 Nissan Frontier with TN tags 367-PJL.  Investigators are not sure at this time what caused the shooting.  They were not sure yet if Jones was a client of the shelter or food pantry.

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Cross said Jones was last seen in Anderson County.   According to Mark Lucas with Anderson County Sheriff's office, deputies were called about a man on the side of I-75 near the Clinton exit around 11:20 am.   The man told them he'd been left there by his son.  When deputies realized the man was related to the murder in Scott County, they turned the man over to TBI for questioning.

Jones' family members told 10News that 5 volunteers were at the shelter when the shooting happened, and one of them actually witnessed the shooting. 

The family said two people, a man and a woman, were staying at the shelter.  They also said Tuesday is the busiest day for the food pantry, because it is the day they distribute food from Second Harvest Food Bank.

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The Scott County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal shooting at the Scott County Homeless Shelter.

According to Sheriff Mike Cross, a person was killed at the shelter on Tuesday.  He is not releasing the name of the victim or any further details at this time.

The shelter is located at 1513 Jeffers Road near Huntsville.  It also houses the Scott County Food Pantry.

Family members tell 10News that the shelter's director, Jerry Voiles, was the victim, but authorities have not yet confirmed the victim's name.

10News has a crew on the way and will bring you the latest information when it becomes available.

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