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16-year-old shot in Warren County, suspect in custody

A teenager was shot in Warren County Tuesday, prompting a brief search by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office leading to one arrest. Deputies also recovered the suspect’s weapon

Just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, WCSO deputies responded to an incident at the 6600 block of Halls Ferry Road on reports of shots fired and an individual wounded.

(credit: WCSO)

Arriving deputies encountered two teenage males in a vehicle that appeared to have been shot. One of the the juveniles, a 16-year-old whose identity has not been released, was suffering a gunshot wound to his leg.

The wounded teenager was transported to Merit Health River Region for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

WCSO deputies executed a search warrant (photo by David Day)

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office ascertained that the teenagers were shot at by a homeowner on Halls Ferry Road, however details of the events leading to the shooting remain under investigation.

With no sign of the suspect, presumed to be armed and dangerous, deputies proceeded to secure the scene and block traffic until it could be confirmed that the area was safe.

Chief Deputy Billy J. Heggins at the scene of the shooting incident on Halls Ferry Road (photo by David Day).

“We knew we had an armed individual, we didn’t know exactly where he was,” Sheriff Pace said. “If he were to shoot at us, we didn’t want him to accidentally shoot someone passing on the road.”

Lead investigator Sgt. Stacy Rollison obtained and executed a search warrant for the suspect’s property, and approached with caution as they were unable to determine if the individual was still in the area.

Sheriff Pace examining evidence at the scene (photo by David Day).

As deputies were completing their search, they received a tip that would lead to the suspect’s arrest and recovery of the suspect’s weapon.

“We received a tip that someone with a gun was walking on 9-mile-cutoff, which is a little over a mile from where we are standing,” Pace said in an exclusive on-scene interview with Vicksburg Daily News.

Pace expressed his gratitude for the engaged and cooperative community that assisted the investigation, providing the tip that led to the arrest as well as drivers’ patience with the three-hour closure of the busy thoroughfare that was necessary to ensure the safety of the community at large.

“We are thankful that no one was seriously injured and we do have the suspect in custody,” Pace said.