A 16-year-old boy wanted for murder in the Labor Day slaying of a Chattanooga shop owner turned himself in Wednesday after a day-long manhunt by state and local authorities.
Police believe Deuntray Kellogg, 16, shot and killed 51-year-old Wonsik No, inside his shop on 4th Avenue around 9:42 a.m. Monday during a robbery.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said police identified Kellogg as a suspect "within a few hours" after the murder and that investigators have substantial evidence to tie Kellogg to the crime. He added that citizens helped police identify Kellogg as the suspect.
For most of the day Wednesday, Kellogg was wanted by both Chattanooga police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on charges of felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Kellogg was added to TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list and Hamilton County Sheriff's Top 12 Most Wanted list and a $1,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. He was turned himself in at the Hamilton County Jail on Wednesday around 10 p.m.
While Kellogg was still on the run, Fletcher warned that anyone who helped Kellogg evade arrest could face criminal charges.
"We will find him," he said. "Somebody out there knows where he is. If you help Mr. Kellogg evade justice, you could be violating the law, and we will file charges for you for criminal actions."
Fletcher declined to say what exactly happened inside the shop, including whether the teenager stole any money, how many times No was shot or whether Kellogg has a prior criminal record, citing the ongoing investigation and Kellogg's status as a juvenile.
Typically, the Times Free Press does not release the names of juveniles who are charged with a crime. But in this case, Fletcher received special permission from Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw to release Kellogg's name and photo.
This is at least the second time in six months that Philyaw has approved the release of a minor's information. In January, he allowed police to identify 17-year-old Cortez Sims, who is accused of killing a 20-year-old woman during a home invasion and wounding another three people, including a 1-year-old baby.
Kellogg has connections in the Chattanooga area and has posted photos at locations throughout town on his Facebook page. However, he is not a student in the Hamilton County School system, said Lee McDade, assistant superintendent of Administrative Services.
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