Detroit homicide suspect arrested in Knoxville

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The second suspect in the Christmas weekend shooting death of 36-year-old man has been arrested in Tennessee by a U.S. Marshals task force.

Romante Adams, 28, Adams was arrested at an apartment complex in Knoxville, said Darrell DeBusk, spokesman for the Knoxville Police Department. Adams will be held in that city while  authorities seek his extradition to Detroit to face charges.

DeBusk said Adams was arrested on Monday night by the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, which consists of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Knoxville Police Department, and Knox, Blount and Sevier county sheriffs. 

Derrick Calhoun was gunned down on Dec. 22 in Detroit. 

Two men, Adams and Brian Sherrod, 22, face identical charges in his death, court records show. The pair face charges of first-degree murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle causing death, firearm possession by a felon, and felony firearm. Sherrod has  been arraigned and is in the Wayne County Jail.

Both suspects have violent pasts. In May 2017, Adams was released from the Michigan prison system, where he'd been sentenced to seven to 15 years for felony firearms and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in a May 2007 offense. 

And Sherrod is a parolee who had been sentenced to three to 15 years in 2014 in connection with a 2013 armed robbery, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records. He was paroled in March 2017, and ordered to stay under supervision until March 2019.