PORT DEPOSIT, Md. -
The peaceful rolling farmland of Cecil County served as a back drop for the murder of 33-year-old Jeffrey Myers, as he sat in his truck at the end of his driveway where motorists along Principio Road witnessed the fatal shooting in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday.
"Initially we got reports from witnesses that there was a black Ford Mustang that was parked on the side of the road right in front of the victim's vehicle and also we had one victim who identified two people outside of the vehicle... one shooting into our victim's vehicle," said Lt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
It didn't take long for police to identify a suspect.
They learned that two days earlier 24-year old Jonathan Copeland had accused Myers of stealing $6,000 in cash or drugs from his home and it was followed by a threat to kill him.
Copeland drives a black Mustang.
While investigators do not believe he fired the shots that killed the victim, they believe he planned it and he's now in custody facing a first-degree murder charge.
Police also have picked up his alleged accomplice.
"We have a second person who we believe was the actual shooter currently in custody,” said Lt. Holmes, “He has not been charged at this point so we have not released his name, but we are planning on charging him in the very near future."
Police say Copeland and the gunman fled to Newark, Del. after the shooting, but their car broke down.
Copeland was arrested after he returned to Cecil County later that same night.
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