News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
One person is dead and another is recovering after being shot in Franklin County Thursday morning, WLBT reported.
According to Franklin County Sheriff James Newman, 54-year-old James William Wallace walked into the Gas Lane Shell station in Bude at the intersection of 184 and Highway 98 around 5:20 a.m.
Wallace then pulled out a small caliber handgun and fatally shot Bruce Anthony Lofton, 49, according to Newman. A second victim, 45-year-old Christopher Allen Shell, was shot in the arm.
Shell’s injury is non life-threatening and he is expected to be okay. Sheriff Newman says this case is still under investigation and could not comment on what a motive may have been for the killing, WLBT said.
2 men charged with theft of scrap metal in Oktibbeha County
Authorities said two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of some scrap metal in Oktibbeha County.
The Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department says on April 28, 2013, deputies arrested Jerry Wayne Lee, 34, and Johnathon L. Cunningham, 36, both of Oktibbeha County, WTVA reported.
Authorities say both suspects have been charged with one count of Grand Larceny and one count of Burglary.
Both Lee and Cunningham are being held in the Oktibbeha County Jail on a $15,000 bond.
Head of corrections fired by Hinds County Sheriff
WLBT reported that Captain Mike Ivy, Head of Corrections was terminated Wednesday, April 10, by Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.
Ivy was hired as Head of Corrections by Sheriff Lewis when Lewis took over the department last year. Officials with the sheriff’s department are calling it a personnel matter. The reason for his discharge was not released.
Man killed after I-55 wreck, shooting at officers
Natchez resident Justin Tyler Harrigill of Linden Drive was shot after he pulled a handgun on officers on April 22.
Around 10:30 p.m., Harrigill was involved in a single-vehicle crash on I-55 south approximately one mile south of Crystal Springs. The wreck was discovered by a state trooper and Harrigill, 25, became uncooperative.
The trooper called for assistance and additional troopers, officers of the Crystal Springs Police Department, along with personnel from the Crystal Springs Fire Department and emergency medical responders from Hardy Wilson Hospital responded to the scene.
Harrigill was combative and troopers attempted to use non-lethal measures to contain him, which had no effect on the subject. Harrigill then produced a handgun and fired it at the officers. The officers returned fire and killed Harrigill.