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Police K-9 helps catch murder suspect

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -

A LaGrange man is in jail and has been charged with murder after police say he stabbed another man several times over the weekend.

Belk Street in LaGrange is quiet now, but on Saturday night, police say this home was the scene of a murder.

"Upon arrival they found Mr. Tony Gillam in the residence who had been stabbed multiple times and a suspect of Coranzo Lopez Sterling was developed," said Sergeant Marshall McCoy with the LaGrange Police Department.

Sgt. McCoy says officers did everything they could to save the victim, 29-year-old Tony Gillam.

"When officers arrived on scene, as always, life safety is always the issue," McCoy said. "The EMS along with the officers did what they could do at the scene. He was transported to the West Georgia Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased."

According to reports, witnesses told police the suspect, 34-year-old Coranzo Sterling, and the victim had a disagreement, police say possibly about money. Officials say Sterling grabbed a large knife, allegedly stabbed Gillam multiple times, and left.

About four hours after investigators were initially called to the scene, a K-9 unit was able to track Sterling down just one street over from the crime scene.

"As a result of that track we located Mr. Sterling hiding back here amongst these cars where they commonly do body and repair work," said McCoy.

He was arrested and charged with murder. McCoy says K-9 units are vital when it comes to crimes like this one.

"They can do things that go in places that we may not send an officer. Obviously this was a very serious crime, a crime that threatens the public safety in general. So, we're able to use these K-9s and allow the officers to quickly apprehend the suspect that is involved and do it safely," said McCoy.

Sterling is being held in the Troup County Jail.

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