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Dispute Ends In Gunplay, Wreck

Yalobusha County deputies use caution when investigating a two-vehicle accident Sunday night after receiving reports that the driver of one of the vehicles had fired shots at the second vehicle. – Photo by Jack Gurner

On the north side of CR 211 was the vehicle driven by the shooter.

By David Howell

A warrant has been issued and an arrest expected in a shooting altercation Sunday night on County Road 211 that ended in a two-vehicle accident around midnight.

    The dispute began at a private club, the Night Owl, also located on County Road 211, according to Sheriff Lance Humphreys. According to reports, two men left the club in a Chevrolet Impala and were pursued by a third man driving an Oldsmobile Delta 88.

    “During our investigation, we have learned that our suspect chased the two men driving the Impala down County Road 211 and fired two or three shots,” Humphreys added. The chase, which lasted for four or five miles, ended when the Oldsmobile allegedly rammed the Impala, knocking both vehicles off the road.

    “One went off the north side of the road and the second went off the road on the south side,” Humphreys continued. Deputies recovered several 7.62 millimeter casings near the accident scene, but all three men had fled the scene on foot.

    Initially an ambulance and emergency responders were summoned to the scene, but law enforcement stopped the responders before the reached the accident scene, in case the shooter was nearby with more bullets, according to a reporter’s eyewitness report. The two men driving the Impala were discovered a short time later at a friends house. They are not expected to be charged in the incident.

    “The cause of the fight is still undetermined,” Humphreys said. A Coffeeville police officer also backed up deputies.

    Humphreys  did not release the name of the suspect, pending the arrest, but did say he was a Coffeeville man. The suspect could face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Second Shooting

    In a second shooting, which was reported around 12:30 Tuesday morning, a Lafayette County man is in custody at the Yalobusha County Jail and expected to charged in the incident, according to Humphreys.

    This incident occurred at a rental cabin just off I-55 in Oakland during an altercation.

    “We recovered one weapon and detained one person,” the sheriff added. State law allows law enforcement to hold a suspect for investigation for up to 72 hours before making an actual arrest. At presstime Tuesday, Humphreys said he anticipated charging the suspect with aggravated assault, but the investigation was ongoing.

    In other sheriff’s department news:

    • Deputies took a report of petty larceny on County Road 55 on March 22. Humphreys said several bikes were stolen in the incident;

    • Deputies responded to a trespassing call on County Road 224 on March 23;

    • Deputies took a report of threats at County Road 56 on March 21. No charges were field, the caller only requested reports to be filed.    

• Deputies took a complaint of someone shooting a dog on March 21;

    • Deputies took a report of an assault at Skuna Turkey Campground on Grenada lake on March 21. Affidavits for arrests were filed in this incident by the victims.

    • Deputies took a report of harassing telephone calls on March 19 at an Oakland residence;

    • Deputies worked a malicious mischief case on March 18; and

    • Deputies responded to a traffic accident on March 18 on County Road 221.

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