Houston & Peach

Suspect identified in Houston County shooting death

A suspect has been identified in Saturday’s shooting death in Houston County.

According to a release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation of the shooting has identified Cheikh Howard Gwingue, who goes by the nickname “Chucky,” as a suspect in the case. Allegedly, he fired a round from a handgun that struck and killed Jarvis Keondre Rouse in the midst of an altercation.

A warrant charging Gwingue with Rouse’s murder has been issued, but investigators believe that he has left the Houston County area.

On Sunday, investigators arrested Brandon Ra’Shoud Howard on a charge of hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal, and Howard is being held without bond at the Houston County Detention Center.

Anyone with information on this case can contact Sgt. Joe Middlebrooks or the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at 478-542-2085 or 478-542-2080.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.