Though police have arrested two persons of interest in the Auburn shooting investigation, they've yet to nab prime suspect Desmonte Leonard. He's suspected by law enforcement to be responsible for the Saturday night deaths of Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips.
Police believed they'd tracked Leonard to Montgomery, Ala., with both of the arrested parties so far also residing in Montgomery. Monday evening, they held a lengthy standoff with the apparent occupants of one residence, but were unable to turn up any sure signs of Leonard:
Law enforcement swarmed the scene Monday afternoon and spent hours firing tear gas, using thermal imaging and sending tactical teams on forays inside the house as they searched for Desmonte Leonard. They hadn't brought anyone out of the home by the time they held a briefing just after midnight.
And around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, an Associated Press photographer on the scene saw all law enforcement agents that had been there leave without comment. It wasn't immediately clear why they left. There was no activity around the house.
Police had been told by two separate 911 callers that Leonard was in the house, and he's thought to be still near the area. Officers have previously described him as armed and dangerous, but request the public's assistance in bringing him to justice. The FBI and U.S. Marshals have offered a combined $15,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.