Thursday, January 11, 2007
Suspect dies of gunshot wound
By SUE WATSON
A Cayce Road resident died following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during an attempt by Marshall County deputies to serve an arrest warrant at the deceased’s home, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for aggravated assault and felonious cause of bodily injury to a man at the intersection of Knox Road and Highway 72 near the Mississippi/Tennessee state line, January 3, Dickerson said. The victim is recovering after a stay in the hospital.
He called the incident a tragedy.
“Officers received a call around lunch time Wednesday, Jan. 3, to a shooting call which occurred near the corner of Knox Road and Highway 72,” Dickerson said. “Shortly after officers arrived the victim received medical attention and was flown to the Memphis Med for treatment.”
The victim had received a gunshot wound to the face while sitting in his own vehicle after it was rammed in the rear by the suspect’s vehicle, according to Dickerson.
Numerous officers searched the area for the man identified as a suspect in the shooting and carried out a routine investigation of the crime scene and search for evidence. The suspect believed responsible for the shooting was able to avoid officers and fled the scene on foot, he said.
K-9 units, helicopters and numerous other officers joined in the search for the suspect but were unable to locate him Wednesday while numerous interviews were conducted regarding the shooting that afternoon and into the night, Dickerson said.
Before noon Thursday, Jan. 4, officers of Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received information regarding the suspect who was identified as Roger Wayne Reed, 26, of 3030 Cayce Road in the Byhalia address area.
“Based on information and facts we received on the following morning, an arrest warrant was issued for aggravated assault by Marshall County Justice Court,” Dickerson said. “The affidavit alleges on or about January 3, 2007, Reed did purposefully and feloniously cause bodily injury to the victim by shooting him in the face.”
Reed was charged with aggravated assault and use of a deadly weapon.
After the arrest warrant was issued, officers received information that the suspect was at a mobile home at 627 Knox Road.
Officers entered the mobile home and successfully and safely removed two juveniles from the home through the front door. After they were removed officers heard a gunshot and later found the suspect with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head. He was found lying on a bed with a gun lying within reach, Dickerson said.
The suspect was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Later that day officers were notified by St. Francis that Reed had died, Dickerson said.
He said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene after Reed had shot himself to conduct an independent investigation concerning all the facts from the beginning to the end of the case.
“A complete tracing of the weapons used in both instances will be conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and they will complete the routine investigation into what obviously is a self-inflicted wound during the process of a lawful attempt to serve a warrant for arrest,” Dickerson said.
Reed’s body was sent to Jackson for autopsy, according to coroner John Garrison.
Dickerson called the shooting incident “a tragedy.”
“We regret anytime a shooting incident of this type happens,” he said. “In my opinion, my officers did their job and are to be commended for the professional manner in which they handled this investigation. A shooting of this nature is tragic anytime, but officers performed their jobs in an exemplary manner.”
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