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Man accused of fatally shooting brother in West Point

WEST POINT — A man who allegedly shot and killed his younger brother before fleeing the scene was expected this morning to turn himself in to investigators at the West Point Police Department.

Carderious Harper, whose age was unavailable, of West Point, allegedly fired a gun at least once at his brother Juantae Harper, 17, inside the family’s home at the Oak Terrace Apartments at 700 Ave. E about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The older Harper then took off.

When police arrived, a friend and another person were trying to revive the teenager, said Capt. Kevin Carter. Officers quickly took over and continued CPR until emergency personnel arrived on scene, but Juantae Harper died from his wounds.

Investigators spent most of Tuesday interviewing family members and any witnesses to the shooting, said Carter. Officials finally reached Carderius Harper by phone late Tuesday night. After talking with him, Carter said Harper agreed to turn himself in to West Point police at some point today.

Carter declined to comment on what led up to the shooting until they interview Harper.

The investigation was a joint effort between the West Point Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Troup County Sheriff’s Office and LaGrange Police Department, said Carter. He thanked each agency for their roles in bringing the case together.

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Suspect expected to turn himself in Wednesday

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.