GA murder suspect arrested in Chester County

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 2, 2014 

Aaron McClain

— Hours after police say he shot his girlfriend to death and a 12-year-old girl in her hand, a Georgia man armed with a pistol crossed state lines and parked at a Chester County motel, where he was arrested early Wednesday and held as a wanted fugitive, deputies said.

At about 12:30 a.m., Highway Patrol troopers informed Chester County Sheriff’s deputies that the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force was tracking a wanted fugitive out of Georgia named Aaron Garsua McClain, 45. He was last spotted going north on Interstate 77 at exit 65, driving a gray Nissan Rogue with Georgia license plates, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report.

A Sheriff’s sergeant patrolling in Richburg spotted a car matching the description as it turned into the Comfort Inn on S.C. 9.

Once backup arrived, deputies, state troopers and federal agents went to the car and found McClain in the car’s backseat, the report states. He opened the door and was arrested. Police found a pistol in the car’s center console.

McClain was charged as a fugitive and held at the Chester County Detention Center, where he’ll remain until he is extradited to Georgia. His charges there include: murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and first-degree cruelty to children.

Authorities say at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, McClain fatally shot his 45-year-old “domestic partner” and also shot her 12-year-old daughter in the hand, according to a Newton County Sheriff’s news release.

McClain’s 3-year-old grandson was also at the home, but did not suffer any injuries. Police issued an alert to nearby law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for his car.

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