Pennsylvania murder suspect arrested in connection with east Austin deadly shooting


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Pennsylvania man believed to be connected to a July 18 homicide in east Austin has been arrested, according to Travis County Jail records.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force took 32-year-old Marcus A. Gibbs into custody Wednesday night in north Austin without incident. Austin police said he had been in hiding in Austin and officials didn’t know where he was until the incident at the east Austin apartment.

Last week, police responded to the Rare Apartments at 6407 Springdale Road. At the scene, officers along with Austin-Travis County EMS found the victim, 22-year-old Alexander Morgan Jr., with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, but on Sunday, July 21 he was declared brain dead.

Investigators identified the suspect as Gibbs. According to detectives, on the night of the shooting, two men showed up at the apartment where Gibbs and his current girlfriend lived. Gibbs’ girlfriend was also Morgan’s mother. According to morgan’s mother, the men came to the apartment to collect a drug debt. Police said Gibbs became angry at Morgan for bringing his drug problem into the apartment.

Gibbs allegedly confronted Morgan and the two men began to argue. As the argument became heated Morgan’s mother said Gibbs pulled a black pistol from a bag over his soldier and fired. She said Morgan walked into the kitchen holding his arm and Gibbs followed shooting him two to three more times before leaving.

Morgan’s mother told police she knew Gibbs as the name he gave her, Demetrius Bedel. She said Gibbs moved to Texas fleeing a parole violation.

Marcus Gibbs’ criminal history

At a news conference, APD said Gibbs had a murder warrant out of Pennsylvania as well. “He is considered armed and extremely dangerous,” said Austin Police Sgt. Joshua Blake.

Marcus Gibbs (Austin Police Department photo)

Gibbs is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Selena Wall, in November 2018 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force has been circulating a wanted poster for Gibbs since the end of last year.

Earlier this year, Wall’s father told Erie’s NBC affiliate, he’s “upset, sad and hurt. We want justice to be done. We want him caught.”

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