Thomas James Capers

Thomas James Capers, 31, of North Charleston, was arrested more than a week ago on Sept. 24 in connection with a fatal shooting earlier that day, police said. Provided/Cannon Detention Center

North Charleston police Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect in a fatal shooting on Northside Drive late last month. 

Thomas James Capers, 31, of North Charleston was arrested more than a week ago on Sept. 24 in connection with a fatal shooting earlier that day, police said. 

Officers were called shortly after 3 a.m. that day to a report of a body lying near the driveway of 7800 Northside Drive, police said. Jonathan Spitler, 35, died at the scene as the result of a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

Police found a witness to the shooting who said she and Spitler were walking on Northside Drive when a gold, four-door sedan drove past them. The witness said the driver turned around and stopped beside them. A male, believed to be Capers, produced a small silver pistol through the side window and shot Spitler once in the head.

Earlier in September, Spitler was pistol-whipped by Capers in a separate incident, according to an affidavit.

Officers tracked down a car matching the witness's description and in the middle of their surveillance, the car —  driven by Capers — failed to yield for a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, Capers' car collided into another vehicle and he fled on foot while carrying a small black bag, according to an affidavit. Officers were eventually able to capture Capers without further incident. 

He was originally arrested for charges related to the pursuit. During their investigation, officers found the bag, which held a loaded firearm, according to the affidavit. 

"After further tests, it was concluded that the firearm matched the weapon used during the homicide," police said. "Capers was then served with warrants for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime."

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

Fleming Smith covers breaking news for the Charleston area. A native Georgian, she previously covered breaking news and features for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.