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Argument Leads To Fatal Shooting

Deputy Ryan Winters (right) transports Ronald Martin, 17, to the Yalobusha County Jail several hours after the shooting. Martin was charged with murder.

Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys (left), Coffeeville Police Chief Mark Martin and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation investigator Tim Douglas (right) investigate the fatal shooting of Monica Sayles in Coffeeville last Thursday morning. –Photos by Jack Gurner

Chief deputy Jerry Ferguson (right) and deputy Jermaine Gooch stand outside the home on Spears Street in Coffeeville where Monica Sayles was shot last Thursday.

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By David Howell
Editor

COFFEEVILLE – A 17 year old Coffeeville resident has been arrested for allegedly killing his 19 year-old girlfriend last Thursday.

    Reginald Martin was charged by the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly shot Monica Sayles following an argument. The incident occurred at Martin’s family residence located at 45 Spears Street in Coffeeville.

    “Witnesses reported that the two had been outside the home arguing,” Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported.  Sayles came back inside and told family members she had been shot.

    “She collapsed on the floor,” Humphreys said.

    Authorities received the 911 call around 10 a.m. Before authorities arrived, Martin fled the scene and briefly eluded authorities before he was captured at a residence on County Road 80, east of Coffeeville.

    Officers with the Coffeeville Police Depart-ment and deputies made the arrest after finding him hiding in an abandoned trailer.

    “We received multiple tips about his location on County Road 80,” Humphreys added.  The sheriff also reported  the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Coffeeville Police Depart-ment are assisting in the case.

    Martin and Sayles had a two year-old child and had dated for almost five years, according to Humphreys.

    An autopsy was performed Monday in Jackson at the state crime lab. Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark confirmed that a gunshot wound to the chest was the cause of death.

    Services are set for Sayles on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. See the obituary section of this website for complete information.

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