On Friday, February 15, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for 35-year-old Rodney Willis of Long Beach in connection to the January 23rd shooting death of Ross.
On Friday, September 6th, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department took Willis into custody, in the City of Long Beach. Willis was booked for murder and a probation violation and is being held without bail.
Detectives believe Willis was involved in the shooting death of Ross, along with Bullard and Tucker. At this time, detectives believe there are no additional suspects outstanding related to this investigation.
The investigation is on-going.
With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office, a fourth suspect was taken into custody on Saturday, February 23, 2019, in the City of Inglewood. 37-year-old Phillip Bullard of Inglewood was booked for murder and ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on $3,200,000 bail.
Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives furthered their investigation with the service of a search warrant at Bullard’s Inglewood residence, where evidence was collected.
Homicide detectives believe Bullard was involved in the shooting death of Ross. They presented evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on February 15, 2019, and an arrest warrant was subsequently issued.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Second Update 2/14/19:
A third suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in the City of Long Beach. 31-year-old Sharell Johnson of Long Beach was booked for accessory after the fact and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.
Homicide detectives believe Johnson had knowledge of the murder and assisted Tucker with the intent he might avoid prosecution
The investigation remains ongoing.
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Long Beach Police Department detectives located and arrested two suspects in connection to the January 23rd shooting death of Maurice Ross, a 24-year-old resident of Compton.
Through their investigation Homicide detectives identified and arrested Isaiah James Tucker, a 36-year-old of San Bernardino, and Bryant Colton, a 61-year-old of Los Angeles, in the City the Compton. Homicide detectives believe Tucker is involved in the January murder. Detectives also believe Colton had knowledge of the murder and assisted Tucker with the intent he might avoid prosecution. Detectives believe the motive stems from a gang-related argument.
Search warrants were served in the City of Compton, and the City of Lynwood. The suspect vehicle has been recovered and will be processed by the Long Beach Police Department’s Forensic Science Services Division.
The case is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office later in the week for filing consideration. The investigation is ongoing.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was involved in a physical altercation with the suspects immediately before the shooting. The suspects are described as three male African American adults driving a dark colored four-door SUV. A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
A female adult bystander, not related to the decedent or involved in the altercation, was also struck by gunfire and was treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower torso.
The victim is only being identified as a 24-year-old resident of Compton, pending notification of next of kin, which will be handled by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Oscar Valenzuela, Shea Robertson and Ricardo Solorio at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.