YONKERS, N.Y. - The Yonkers Police Department had to go outside the box - and country - to track down a suspect accused of shooting and killing a man last month.
On Thursday, Yonkers Police Det. Lt. Patrick McCormack announced that city resident Sheppard Adeghe, 25, had been apprehended in Scotland following a monthlong international search after he fled the country.
On Aug. 10, a shooting victim was dropped off to the Emergency Room of St. Joseph’s Hospital, with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm. He was treated and subsequently pronounced dead by medical personnel.
In their investigation, acting with little information, Yonkers detectives determined that the shooting took place in the vicinity of Poplar and Thurman Street. After following up and reviewing video surveillance, Adeghe was identified as the most likely suspect.
According to police, they attempted to locate Adeghe at several local locations with negative results. Detectives would later discover their suspect had fled the country after working with multiple federal agencies. With the assistance of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, detectives tracked Adeghe to a location in Scotland.
On Friday, Sept. 2, the Yonkers Police Department was alerted that Adeghe was located and arrested by Scottish authorities. A week later, a Westchester County Grand Jury indicted him on second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges.
An extradition process has begun to return Adeghe to the United States so he can appear in Westchester County Court. A timetable has not been set for this process.
“I want to commend the members of our Detective Division for their steadfast efforts in locating this suspect,” Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said in a statement. “It should be a stark warning to all who choose to engage in violent activity here in our city that we will use all available resources to hold you accountable for your actions.”