Crime

Rock Hill felon wanted in Ga. murder shoots at police during chase

Harris
Harris

A Rock Hill felon just out of prison accused in the murder of a Lancaster man in Georgia last week is being held on a $4 million bond in Gastonia, N.C., after he allegedly shot at officers trying to capture him.

Jamar Harris, 32, of Sidney Street, is in the Gaston County jail in North Carolina charged with four counts of attempted murder after the incident with police late Thursday. He is accused of firing at officers, as well as drug, weapons and other violations. He fled from police and shot at them after being located on Interstate 85 and crashed into several cars, police said.

Harris was wanted in the killing of Rendell Cunningham of Lancaster in Georgia. Police in Oconee County, Ga., had a warrant out for Harris’ arrest since Thursday, according to a post Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry wrote on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.

Cunningham was found Aug. 27 after he had been shot four times, yet it took days for police to identify him and get enough information to get a warrant against Harris.

Information sent out to police in York County and both Carolinas mentioned Harris was known to frequent the Gastonia area.

Harris was charged in March with attempted murder and other charges in a shootout at his home in Rock Hill, but online court records show those charges were dismissed in June after a preliminary hearing in court.

It is unclear how long Harris had been living in Rock Hill but he lived in Lancaster for years and has several past convictions from Lancaster County. He had recently been released from prison after a 12-year sentence for burglary in Lancaster County, State Law Enforcement Division and court records show, and in 2015 he was convicted in Lancaster County of assault by a mob.

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