Police: Suspect kills himself

Published 7:43 am Tuesday, March 10, 2009

By By Adam Prestridge
Special to The Standard

The man believed to have pulled the trigger in a double homicide last Thursday at an Atmore apartment complex turned a 9mm on himself early Monday morning, said Atmore Public Safety Director Glenn Carlee.
Carlee said 44-year-old Ferrell “Bishop” Ferna Perdue was in Bay Minette Monday morning with family members, who were speaking with authorities, when he committed suicide inside a vehicle in the Pine Grover Trailer Park around 9 a.m.
At 10:20 a.m., Carlee and investigators with the Atmore Police Department were en route to Bay Minette to search for the long-barrel shotgun believed to been used in the shooting.
Perdue used a small bicycle to bust the window of a first-floor apartment in the “C” building at McRae Apartments, entered armed with a long-barrel shotgun and began shooting at will just after 10 p.m. last Thursday.
Marquetta Washington, 19, was declared dead at the scene. She was found in her bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds at close range. An autopsy Friday later revealed that she was pregnant, and investigators upped the crime to a double homicide.

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