Police investigating Sunday homicide

Published 3:11 pm Monday, September 20, 2021

Brookhaven Police detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday morning.

Officers responded to the intersection of Vanzie Street and Rance Drive around 4:45 a.m. Sunday where a male victim was found in the street.

The victim was identified as Tarvauirs Lyons, 23. He had a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene by King’s Daughters Medical Center, according to Lincoln County Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford.

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The body has been scheduled for autopsy.

“Brookhaven Police Department has an active manhunt for Zayrick Keune Taylor, known on the streets as ‘Juice,’” said BPD Chief Kenneth Collins. “Taylor is a cold-blooded killer. He has an arrest warrant for murder in reference to the death of Tarvauirs Wanquase Lyons. Taylor has already made it known that he is not going back to prison. Be aware that Taylor is known to befriend you, hang out with you, then kill you later.”

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating this murderer and getting him off the street,” Collins said. “But do not approach him! Contact authorities immediately. Taylor is armed and dangerous.”

Taylor, now 23, was arrested and charged as an adult in 2015 for burglary, carrying a concealed weapon and discharging it inside city limits. He was arrested again in late 2016 and charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary of a dwelling and possession of a controlled substance. Arrested once more in 2017, he was charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

In February 2018, at age 19, Taylor pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of burglary of a truck. He was sentenced in Lincoln County Circuit Court to seven years in prison, to serve three with four suspended, and to complete four years post-release supervision.

In June 2019, he was sentenced for aggravated assault — amended from attempted murder — to 10 years with credit for time served, plus five years post-release supervision. Taylor was ordered to remain outside the 14th Judicial district for the term of his supervision.

Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to call BPD at 601-833-2424.