Gunman wanted for firing shots in Monticello neighborhood turns himself in

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 25, 2019

Police in Monticello are looking for Marko Earl, also known as "Termite", after he was accused of firing a gun in a residential neighborhood Monday afternoon.

MONTICELLO, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the gunman that fired shots in a Monticello neighborhood on Monday has turned himself in.

Marko Earl turned himself in around 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Local, county and state law enforcement agencies were on East Clark Avenue searching for a suspect after shots were fired in a residential neighborhood in Monticello on Monday.

The sheriff's office was called to the scene around 11:46 a.m. and says there were no reports of any injuries.

Deputies say they were searching for Marko Earl, also known as "Termite."

He's described as a black male, 26 years old, 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighing 197 lbs.

Before he turned himself in, investigators say Earl was last seen wearing a red hoodie and black sweatpants when he ran away from the scene. He was armed with a handgun.

Multiple witnesses told WCTV they heard the shots ring out along Clarke Avenue on the city's east side.

Monticello officers, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies, and Florida Highway Patrol troopers were all on scene. They had police canines deployed for the search.

Our reporter on the scene says at least four blocks of the road were closed off. The search was called off around 1:45 p.m., after the canines failed to track Earl's scent.

The sheriff's office initially asked the public to stay inside and to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. Around 2:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said the people in the area of the search could continue normal activity but should be aware of their surroundings.

Sheriff Mac McNeil says since law enforcement searched a densely residential area with kids on school break, it was even more important to quickly and safely secure the area.

"Once we heard that there were actually shots fired in that area, we knew that school was out this week, there was a lot of kids playing out in the roadway," McNeil says. "And it was a huge concern for us and our response there."

McNeil went on to say they issued an alert through the Amber Alert system for Earl, hoping that persuasion from family and friends and word of mouth will get Earl to turn himself in.

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