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Family Dollar murder suspect caught

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

When reporters grilled 23 year old Demetrius Parks about what happened last Sunday when Horsley Shorter Jr. was shot dead inside a Tampa Family Dollar and if Parks was in fact the man behind the trigger, he gave a curious response

"Waynes World, call Wayne," said Parks.

Parks didn't elaborate on who "Wayne" is but Tampa Police say they didn't have to call anyone to know they got their man.

"After an exhaustive investigation and a manhunt that lasted seven days Demetrius Parks is in custody. He is no longer a threat to our community," said Tampa Police Spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

They say Parks is the man seen a surveillance video and the man who shot Shorter in cold blood in an armed robbery at the 40th Street Family Dollar.

"The day he died he was doing the right thing he was safely inside the office when he sees his co-worker being robbed and he ran out to protect his co-worker and it cost him his life," said McElroy.

Police say through leads they discovered Parks left the Tampa Bay area after the shooting and was hiding in Atlanta.

They say late Friday night he boarded a bus to Orlando and when he arrived Saturday morning Tampa police and US Marshals boarded the bus to take him into custody.

"As they boarded the bus Parks jumped out an emergency exit window," said McElroy.

He was caught by officers outside the bus.

Shorter, who everyone knew as JR, was a beloved figure at the Family Dollar and a 20 year military veteran.

His family is pleased with the arrest of Parks.

"I feel good now that they have caught him," said Shorter's sister Annie Lee Shorter.

Parks has been described as a career criminal with 37 felony charges on his rap sheet.

Because of this, the Shorter family will monitor his court cases closely.

"We want to make sure that this happens to nobody else," said Shorter's niece Jennifer Dukes.

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