Arrest made after man dies from injuries in shooting near MTSU

Lammoris Jones (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – An arrest has been made after a 23-year-old died from his injuries sustained in a shooting at an apartment complex near Middle Tennessee State University’s campus.

Police said Jessie Buford was shot multiple times at the Student Quarters apartments on Greenland Drive just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

He was taken to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital where he later died.

Lammoris Jones (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

According to Murfreesboro police spokesman, Kyle Evans, Lammoris Jones is now in custody and is charged with first degree murder.

Evans said police stopped Jones on Interstate 40 near Jackson and took him into custody.

A motive has not been released.

News 2’s sister station in Memphis, WANT, spoke with Buford’s family before Jones’ arrest. They said Buford was studying business at MTSU and he had started a clothing line. He also dreamed of one day starting his own record label.

His sister said Buford is one of eight children and she said he was always smiling and was humble and mellow.

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“That’s a piece that you just can’t put back in,” Adreka Manning said. “You get what I’m saying. You can’t just fix that. It can’t be fixed.”

Thursday’s shooting is among several that have happened in recent weeks near MTSU’s campus, with at least three happening at or near the same apartment complex. Two people were arrested in those two shootings last week, and another man was injured in a separate shooting on the other side of campus last Saturday.

The police department is staffing extra officers in marked and unmarked patrol cars, as well as having officers conduct foot patrols in the area.