Police investigating a July 27 murder tracked him to a Lake Park apartment house.

A Miami man has been arrested in West Palm Beach after Miami-Dade police said he and another man burst into a home and the other man shot two people, killing one.


Brandon D. Richards, 37, was booked Monday evening at the Palm Beach County Jail, and was being held without bail on the out-of-county warrant for first-degree murder and grand theft, as well as two probation violations.


The U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, assisted by West Palm Beach police, tracked Richards to an apartment house near Northlake Boulevard and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks in Lake Park, and arrested him after a brief chase, West Palm Beach police said. They did not say how they were led to Richards or what he might have been doing in West Palm Beach.


According to the arrest warrant, at about 3 a.m. July 27, Terrelle Darling, 32, and Stetson Pierre, 31, were shot at a woman's home a few doors from where Richards lived.


The woman said Richards, her former boyfriend, whose nickname was "B.G.," forced his way into the home, along with Jermaine Johnson, 47, and Johnson fired several shots at both the woman and the two men.


Another neighbor would tell police she heard two bangs and heard a man shout, "Please don't shoot me, B.G.!" More shots followed.


Miami city police found Darling lying injured on a sidewalk and took him to a trauma hospital. Police then found Pierre dead just inside the fence of a yard.


The arrest warrant does not mention a possible motive.


Under the legal concept of "felony murder," anyone participating in a felony, such as the forced entry of the home, can be charged with murder if someone is killed.


Records show Johnson, the reported gunman, was booked at the Miami-Dade jail the morning of July 28.


Richards does not appear in Palm Beach County court records, but state records show he was on probation at the time of his arrest. He'd been in state prison twice on Miami-Dade convictions: from 2003 to 2005 on six drug counts and from 2010 to 2016 on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, being a felon with a gun, grand theft and burglary.


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