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2nd suspect arrested in fatal shooting near Wedgewood Ave.

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Bershia Edens and Santerius Lavender (Photos from Metro PD) Bershia Edens and Santerius Lavender (Photos from Metro PD)
Chad Daniel (Photo from Metro PD) Chad Daniel (Photo from Metro PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police in Memphis have arrested a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a man at an attempted illegal drug deal earlier this year on Hillside Avenue.

Santerius Lavender, 24, is accused in the death of 33-year-old Chad Daniel on April 9 after an attempted illegal drug deal led to shots fired into the vehicle in which Daniel was a passenger.

Daniel had ridden in the vehicle to Hillside Avenue, where police said the driver intended to purchase drugs. But after the driver got out of the car for the transaction, Lavender appeared and allegedly demanded his and Daniel's money.

Then, as the driver attempted to drive away, Lavender allegedly fired shots through the passenger window, fatally striking Daniel, police said.

The driver brought the car to the nearby intersection of Beech and Wedgewood avenues, where a police officer was working traffic control, and he told the officer what had happened.

By that time, Daniel was already dead, police said.

Bershia Edens, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery. Investigators believe she was the person who was meeting the driver for the drug deal.

Police said a tip to Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of Lavender, who is Edens' boyfriend.

Lavender is last known to have lived in the 1800 block of Hillside Avenue.

Lavender will be returned to Nashville from Memphis and faces charges of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.

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