Memphis fugitive wanted in 2 separate shootings arrested in Paducah

Zephyr J. Porter (Source: Paducah Police Department)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A Memphis, Tenn. fugitive wanted in two separate shootings was arrested by Paducah police officers Tuesday.

Zephyr J. Porter, 36, of Memphis was arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (firearm enhancement), and trafficking in marijuana (firearm enhancement); on Graves County warrants charging him with second-degree assault and theft of identity; and as a fugitive from justice in Tennessee.

Porter was arrested at 1:20 p.m. in the 5100 block of Hinkleville Road in Paducah on Dec. 7.

Porter was wanted in two separate shooting incidents, charged with attempted murder in Tennessee, and arrested Tuesday by Paducah police officers.

He was arrested at a motel in the 5100 block of Hinkleville Road. The Paducah Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team was utilized in the arrest due to Porter’s violent history and the violent nature of the charges against him.

Paducah police detectives received a tip that Porter was staying at the motel and set up surveillance. They identified the room in which Porter was staying, and moved in to arrest him at 1:20 p.m. Porter surrendered without incident. He was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

Detectives recovered two handguns, two grams of cocaine, two ounces of marijuana and more than $2,000 in cash from his motel room, according to the Paducah Police Department.

Porter faces charges in connection with the shooting a man in Mayfield on Oct. 12, 2021, and using another man’s name, date of birth, Social Security number and address to obtain a job there.

In Memphis, Porter faces charges in warrants with criminal attempt to second-degree murder, employing/possessing a firearm during commission or attempt to commit a dangerous felony, reckless endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

U.S. Marshals assisted Paducah police in the arrest.

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