Flowers, candles, hand written notes and parts of a Public Works unifrom mark the spot where Jermaine Jackson Jr. was gunned down on November 30. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was arrested in connection to the shooting.

Higginbotham was booked for murder at the San Francisco County Jail, but police have declined to provide further details on the suspect or a possible motive, citing an ongoing investigation. A booking photo has not been yet been released.

Jackson, who was an apprentice working as a member of the Public Work’s graffiti crew, was reportedly painting over graffiti near the intersection of 25th and Vermont streets on Wednesday morning when he became the victim of a shooting around 8 a.m. Police report that responding officers found Jackson lying on the ground and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Although he was transported to the nearby General Hospital, he succumbed shortly afterwards to his injuries. Candles, flowers, handwritten notes and parts of a Public Works uniform similar to the one Jackson wore to work, have been placed in front of an electrical box near the intersection to memorialize the slain man.

KTVU news reported on Thursday that Higginbotham is a known gang member and a rival to the gang that Jackson allegedly was once affiliated with, but a police spokesperson declined to confirm this information.

In 2010, Higginbotham was charged with the assault of an Internal Revenue Service officer and for a gun violation in connection with the incident.  Higginbotham is set to be arraigned on Friday afternoon in connection with Jackson’s murder.

This is a developing story and we will update when we have more information.

Photo by Lola M. Chavez
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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