Bond set at $1 million for Lowndes County man who fatally shot girlfriend’s 4-year-old son

COLUMBUS, Mississippi (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for a Lowndes County man arrested in Monday’s fatal shooting of a 4-year-old child.

Authorities say bond was set during an initial court appearance Wednesday for 27-year-old Patrick Chambers, who is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son inside their home.

If convicted, Chambers faces life in prison.

Authorities say Brayden Barksdale died from a gunshot from a .45-70-caliber hunting rifle. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief deputy Marc Miley says Chambers lived at the home with the child’s mother.

Miley says Chambers had served time in prison for burglary in North Dakota.

He says Chambers is also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon and received a $10,000 bond on that count.