Family closer to justice after murder suspect arrested for double shooting of sisters

The father of victim 30-year-old Ashlee Rucker said she was in a abusive relationship with Chad Absher, the murder suspect in the case.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The murder suspect wanted in connection to a double shooting of two sisters on the Westside has been arrested by police Wednesday night, according to sources.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it received a tip that 32-year-old Chad Absher was in a house located on 118th Street near Blanding Boulevard on the Westside around 2:30 p.m. JSO surveyed the house and determined that Absher was inside.

JSO called its SWAT team out to the area and after some discussion, Absher surrendered to police without incident.

Absher is accused of shooting his girlfriend, 30-year-old Ashlee Rucker, and her sister, Lisa, 28, at Cedar Creek Apartments in the 5600 block of San Juan Ave. overnight Tuesday. Ashlee Rucker died and her sister was critically injured.

An arrest warrant for Absher was issued Tuesday in connection with the double shooting. He was wanted for murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"What else could you say... you're just so glad that they got the man who murdered your daughter," said Roger Rucker, the father of the sisters.

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JSO said Absher was found inside the home of an acquaintance. At this time, police say he didn't live there and do not know if he was armed but plan to go inside the home to collect any evidence.

JSO's Public Information Officer, Melissa Bujeda, credits the community for Absher's capture.

"The community came forward and really stepped in," Bujeda said. "They are the reason why he is off the street."

Absher's history with JSO includes a conviction for stalking an ex-girlfriend and throwing/shooting a deadly missile into a dwelling. He was also arrested in February this year for trespassing, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Ashlee Rucker's family say she was in a relationship with Absher for five years. Roger Rucker said their relationship was one filled with domestic violence and said Absher began beating her about four months into the relationship.

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"He's going to definitely get what's coming to him and I look for the future seeing him sitting in the court room," Roger Rucker said. 

Absher is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday, JSO said.

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