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Body cams show police chase, shootout with Gulfport capital murder suspect

Efforts are underway at the state level to get capital murder suspect D'Juan Holloway back to Gulfport. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records) Efforts are underway at the state level to get capital murder suspect D'Juan Holloway back to Gulfport. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records)
Harrison County Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker says they are now getting a governor's extradition warrant to get Holloway back in Gulfport. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records) Harrison County Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker says they are now getting a governor's extradition warrant to get Holloway back in Gulfport. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records)
Holloway reportedly led police on a high speed chase up to 110 miles per hour while shooting out of his car window at officers. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records) Holloway reportedly led police on a high speed chase up to 110 miles per hour while shooting out of his car window at officers. (Photo Source: NM Dept. of Public Records)
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Efforts are underway at the state level to get capital murder suspect D'Juan Holloway back to Gulfport. It's been 15 months since police say Holloway shot Gulfport teenager Ray Howze at a convenience store then took off in Howze's car. Holloway was eventually arrested in New Mexico. But he's still behind bars there right now.

After months of working with the New Mexico Department of Public Records, WLOX News Now is getting our first look at what actually happened leading to Holloway's arrest three states over and why it's been so long and he's still not in Mississippi.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said surveillance video led investigators to identifying Holloway as the shooter. That's when detectives put out a BOLO for Holloway. They started tracking the victim's cell phone which was still in the car that Holloway took off in.

911 recordings detail a Gulfport detective working with a police dispatcher in New Mexico tracking Holloway's every move through cell phone pings.

According to a freedom of information request submitted by WLOX News Now, Holloway refused to stop when when police attempted to pull him over. He then reportedly led police on a high speed chase up to 110 miles per hour while shooting out of his car window at officers.

Law enforcement used spike strips to stop Holloway but he continued driving into oncoming traffic on I-10 until coming to a complete stop. That's when dashboard and body cameras captured a shootout between Holloway and law enforcement. Holloway was shot several times in his side and arm. He was taken to a nearby hospital for a few days then was taken to a jail in New Mexico where he remains now.

Harrison County Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker told WLOX News Now his office asked New Mexico authorities to hand Holloway over since he faces more severe charges here, but was denied. Then the district attorney's office tried to have Holloway extradited to Mississippi, but he refused extradition. Parker says they are now getting a governor's extradition warrant to get Holloway back in Gulfport. Parker hopes that will happen within the next few weeks.

WLOX News Now reached out to Ray Howze's aunt and former guardian, Angela Bass Ellis. Here's her emotional, and heartfelt response to her nephew's death and where the investigation stands today. 

January 11, 2015 was the day that changed our family forever. There are no words to describe the emotions we are still feeling from the tragic loss of our precious Ray. Our wounds from this loss are still fresh, and some days it still seems hard to comprehend. A loss of this magnitude takes time to process and we are still trying to process it in our minds daily. There are still lots of tears that are being shed by all who knew and loved Ray. He was deeply loved by us all. I once heard the greater the love the greater the loss. It is heartbreaking to know we will never get to see him grow to become a man and that there are so many life moments that we will never get the chance to share with him. 

This was a senseless act of violence! It's so hard to understand how another human being can have no regard for another's life. God commands us to not kill one another. We are all given life by God and no one has the right to take away what God has given. There are consequences to every action and we are eager to see DeJuan Hollaway be brought back to Mississippi to face the charges of murdering our loved one. God spared his life through the many bullets that were fired upon him so that he can be brought to justice. I am confident that justice will be served and that a proper punishment to fit the crime will be given to him. I pray that one day he realizes the pain he caused our family as well as the pain he has caused his own family. When a murder occurs both families suffer the loss. I often wonder if people who commit murder ever think about how their life is going to be after they murder a person? Do they think that life will just carry on as they knew it after they have taken someone's life? Does that thought ever occur to them? Maybe if that thought would occur, then we wouldn't have as many homicides. Gulfport is not the same city that we once knew. The violence seems to have become a common occurrence. If we do not find a way as a community to really target the problem, then it is inevitable that the grief that our family feels may be felt by other families in our community. It can happen anywhere and to anyone. My nephew was just walking out of a store minding his business and he is not here today, so no one is exempt. 

We would like to thank everyone for the continued prayers. Our faith is very strong and we know that God has a reason for everything, therefore we pray for him to reveal to us his reason. We just want God to get the glory out of our loss.

Angela Bass Ellis
Aunt of Raymond Howze III

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