UPDATE (June 7, 11:04 AM EST) – The suspect in the murder of Atlanta rapper Trouble surrendered to police early this morning after his mother reportedly encouraged him to do so. Jamichael Jones was taken into custody in Clayton County, Georgia at 1:00 AM EST without incident.
The arrest warrant indicates that Jones found Trouble in bed with his ex-girlfriend before violently assaulting her and shooting Trouble in the chest.
Original story below:
A manhunt is underway for Jamichael Jones, the man police believe shot and killed Atlanta rapper Trouble in a home invasion. Police say that Trouble, real name Mariel Orr, was visiting a female acquaintance of Jones when Jones forced his way into the apartment and fatally shot Orr once in the chest.
Jones has been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and home invasion. The Rockfield Sheriff’s Office does not have any leads Jones’ location, but they believe that he is on the run and hiding in the Atlanta/Jonesboro area. Police ask the public to please help them locate Jones by calling 770-278-8188 with any relevant information.
“We did search the known locations that we thought he may be at, but we didn’t have any luck finding him,” Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jedidia Canty said.
When police arrived at the crime scene early Sunday morning (3:30 AM), Canty said they found Orr unresponsive. “Upon deputies arrival they observed a Black male lying on the floor with a gunshot wound,” she said. Paramedics rushed Orr to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The rap community mourns Trouble’s passing. “We know that there are a lot of people who are really upset right now and brokenhearted about the situation,” Canty said.
34-year-old Trouble started rapping at the age of 14, but became his career took off with the release of his 2011 mixtape, December 17th, which was number 23 on Complex‘s “The 25 Best Mixtapes of 2011.” In 2013, XXL included Trouble in the “15 Atlanta Rappers You Should Know” list, and in 2016, Trouble appeared on rapper YFN Lucci’s single “Key to the Streets,” which peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Trouble’s tragic killing adds to a rough streak the Atlanta rap scene has faced recently. It happened days after Metro Boomin’s mother was killed by her husband and on the heels of Young Thug, Gunna and numerous other YSL members being arrested for conspiracy to violate the RICO act. A judge denied Thug and Gunna bond, and the rappers will remain in jail until their trials begin in January 2023.