CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police now have eyes in the sky to help solve crimes 24 hours a day — including Tuesday’s shooting of a 4-year-old child.
Tuesday, a drive-by shooting on Foust Street left two people hurt, including a 4-year-old. Both victims were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Less than 12 hours later, police arrested a suspect. They credit the new public safety cameras in the quick arrest.
The Chattanooga Police Department monitors crime hot spots in the city from the Real Time Intelligence Center. That’s where 15 public safety cameras feed back real time video that’s recorded 24/7.
“Recently with the real time intelligent cameras, or the public safety cameras as we call them, we have been able to solve multiple crimes including a shooting that happened in the past week,” Sergeant Victor Miller said. “We were able to track the suspect’s movements prior to the shooting and after the shooting with the cameras that we have throughout the city.”
That shooting was on Foust Street Tuesday. CPD arrested 18-year-old Maurice Thurman Jr. for the drive-by shooting. Thurman is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, among other charges.
The department’s crime analysis unit determines where the cameras should be placed. CPD says 14 additional cameras will be installed in the next month.
“This is something that’s new to Chattanooga Police Department. There are other departments throughout the country that are using this kind of equipment,” Miller said. “It is a multi-million dollar project and we are thankful that city council has approved and our taxpayers are allowing us to use their money to provide the service. We’re able to solve multiple crimes with this technology.”
The department also credits the public safety cameras for an arrest made in last week’s hit and run on Milne Street.