Two shot, one arrested in altercation involving gunfire

Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Dustin Moeller said police officers were sent to 2112 Morris Street this past Friday morning (June 7,2019) just after 1:00 a.m. in reference to a shooting.

Moeller said that when officers arrived at the scene, they found an 18 year old black male who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Through further investigation, officers learned there was an altercation between a 30 year old white male and another black male, identified as 18 year old Montrell Turner of 125 E.T. Poole, Poplarville.

The black male who was at the scene, told officers that Turner fired several rounds at the 30 year old striking him twice and he had also been accidentally shot in his leg by Turner. The 18 year old victim told officers that the other victim fled the scene after the shots were fired.

Officers canvassed the area and the 30 year old victim was found in a wooded area near St Matthews Missionary Baptist Church on Walker Street.

According to Moeller, both victims were transported to Forrest General Hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Turner was located by officers and arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Moeller said that the department has seen an increase in the number of calls in relation to these type incidents and has formulated a plan to address these issues.

He also encouraged residents to be diligent in reporting suspicious activity.

“Burglaries, vandalism, and these types of incidents tend to increase this time of year,” Moeller said. “If anyone observes anything that looks suspicious, please contact the Picayune Police Department at 601-798-7411 or Crimstopppers at 601-799-CLUE (2583) if you wish to remain anonymous.”

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