CPD credits public safety cameras in shooting arrest

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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.

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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.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."