Two arrested in Tuesday shooting


Kevis Kwesi Hill, left, and Matiya Harris

Kevis Kwesi Hill, left, and Matiya Harris



Isabelle Altman



A 19-year-old with several dismissed charges to his name was one of two people arrested in connection with a shooting in east Columbus Tuesday. 


Kevis Kwesi Hill, of 1815 Third Ave. S., has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault after police say he exchanged gunfire with Matiya Harris, 19, of 820 Sixth Ave. S., on Waterworks Road Tuesday afternoon. Harris was charged with felony eluding after he fled the scene in a vehicle headed toward Warpath Road and McCrary Drive. 


Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said Hill and Harris knew each other and had previous altercations. 


Hill was also arrested in 2017 for the death of 17-year-old D'Shawn Boyd, who was found near a burned vehicle in November 2016. However, a grand jury chose not to indict him on the charge. 


Hill has also had several aggravated assault charges pressed against him, including the alleged shooting of an occupied vehicle in downtown Artesia in May 2016. However, the charges were dismissed when one victim couldn't be located, one said she couldn't identify the shooter and that she didn't want to press charges and one who said it was actually a relative of Hill's who shot at the vehicle. 


In November of 2016, Hill was implicated in another shooting but those charges were dropped when another suspect in the case admitted to the crime and said Hill hadn't been involved. 


Harris has not been indicted for any felonies in Lowndes County, according to circuit court records. 


Hill is currently in custody at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center on $507,500 bond. Harris has been released on $7,500 bond.




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