ACKSONVILLE, Fla A man that killed an off duty officer in 1999 has been on the run since killing.
U.S. Marshals and the Jacksonville Swat team located the man on the north-side of the city. Officials converged on the location. Lester Pearson, 43, was taken into custody without incident at about 8:45 a.m. Friday at the home on Broad Creek Lane, which is near the Florida State College at Jacksonville North Campus. Authorities said he had been living at the address under the name of Michael Davis for years.
According to New York City police, Pearson shot an off-duty officer in the Bronx in a dispute over Pearson dating the officer’s sister. Officer Vincent Ling was left paralyzed and eventually died from his injuries.
Pearson also had warrants out for his arrest in Louisiana on charges of trafficking in marijuana and assaulting a police officer.
Authorities said he was armed with a handgun when arrested, so he is facing a local charge of possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon.
"I don't have any words. I'm, like, 'Wow,'" said a neighbor, who did not want to be named. "He was this close to us. That's scary."
It was early. You hear a bunch of people screaming, 'Get on the ground,'" said one woman, who lives nearby and who wished to remain anonymous. "You look outside and there’s U.S. marshals on the street. It was just shocking and pretty scary."
Other neighbors, who also asked not to be identified, said Pearson often kept to himself.
“That guy was in and out the neighborhood for the last seven or eight months. He never spoke to anyone. He was just in and out," said one neighbor.
Another neighbor said, “He didn’t bother me and he didn’t do anything. He seemed like he was cool with the kids over there and everybody."
Pearson was booked into the Duval County jail, where he's being held without bond and is expected to made his first appearance before a Duval County Judge Saturday afternoon.
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