Arrested Georgia shooting suspect snaps selfie while handcuffed

Arrested Georgia shooting suspect snaps selfie while handcuffed

January 25th, 2017 by Tyler Jett in Local Regional News
Zaris Kyntrail Neal, 22, of LaFayette, Ga., took this picture of himself after his arrest on two aggravated assault charges Tuesday.

Zaris Kyntrail Neal, 22, of LaFayette, Ga., took...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Chattooga County Sheriff's Office charged Zaris Kyntrail Neal with two counts of aggravated assault.

The Chattooga County Sheriff's Office charged Zaris Kyntrail...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A LaFayette, Ga., man was arrested Tuesday, then took a selfie in his handcuffs.

Zaris Kyntrail Neal, 22, vowed online to turn himself in after Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader identified him as a suspect in a shooting in Lyerly, Ga. But before he could do that, Schrader said, detectives in nearby Walker County arrested him. Neal then posted on his Facebook page around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The post included a photo taken from a low vantage point, his hands appearing to hold the phone around his knees while he was sitting. The photo captures his face, not smiling. It also captures his brown T-shirt and his denim pants.

And in the foreground, the photo shows a pair of handcuffs affixed to his wrists.

Facebook friends reacted to the photo. Some pressed the "like" button. Others pressed "sad." Still others pressed "wow." Some people commented.

"you a soldier bruh"

"Keep your head up"

"Love you... finding out now about the cost of a lawyer."

Neal is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He is accused of shooting Justin Carroll on Old Mill Road in Lyerly on Jan. 10. Someone drove Carroll to a hospital in Rome, but after doctors released him the sheriff's office arrested him on outstanding warrants and drug charges.

On Jan. 13, Schrader publicly identified Neal as the suspect of the shooting. Some local media outlets posted his mugshot online, asking people for help finding Neal.

On Monday evening, he wrote a post on his Facebook page disparaging various media sources. A couple of hours later, he posted: "Turning Myself in Tomorrow, To All My Family, I Love Y'all!"

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at 423-757-6476 or tjett@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @LetsJett.


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