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Stolen Vehicle Recovered

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence. The vehicle was described by the owner as a Mercedes SUV, white in color. The owner was able to advise of a possible location of the vehicle, located in a neighboring county.  

 

Tunica County Sheriff's Office informed authorities in that jurisdiction of the incident. The owner of the vehicle had a GPS tracking device on this vehicle and was able to advise Tunica County Sheriff's Office that the vehicle had traveled back to Tunica County. 

 

Tunica County Sheriff's Office deputies routined the area. Deputies located the vehicle on the side of a roadway, unoccupied. The vehicle was observed to have been damaged as a result of this incident. This incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. 

 

If you have information related to this incident, please contact Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers 662-910-0400. Any information leading to an arrest can pay up to $1,000.00. 

Murder in Town of Tunica

From the Tunica Police Department:

 

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Tunica County Dispatch Center received a 911 call stating an individual had been shot on Beat Line Road within the Town of Tunica city limits. Officers and first responders were dispatched to the scene.

 

Upon arrival, one black male was observed to have a gunshot wound. The individual was treated on scene by Pafford. The individual succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on scene by Tunica County Coroner. The individual has been identified as Robert Lee Cotton, 36, of Tunica, Mississippi. The victim's body was transported to the Mississippi Crime Lab for an autopsy to be performed. 

 

Town of Tunica Police Department has one suspect being held for questioning. The incident remains under investigation by the Town of Tunica Police Department. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting with this investigation. 

 

If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Town of Tunica Police Department at 662-363-2400 to speak with an officer.

Office Closing

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8 a.m.

The phones will still be available 24 hours at 662-363-1411. For emergencies, remember to dial 911.

 

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Shooting in Hambrick Subdivision - Suspect Arrested & Charged

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating an individual had been shot in the Hambrick Subdivision area. Upon arrival, one black male victim was discovered with an apparent gunshot wound. The individual was treated on scene by Pafford and transported to an area hospital for further treatment.   Romelo Hopkins, 25, of Tunica, Mississippi was identified as the shooter in this incident and a warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Hopkins has been arrested and is in custody of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office.   Hopkins is being charged with Aggravated Assault, with additional charges pending. Hopkins is awaiting an initial appearance before a judge.   This incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 or CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400.
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UPDATE: Man in Custody after Casino Parking Lot Shooting

DATE OF INCIDENT:    01-01-2021 

UPDATE: 

Michael Nesbitt, 29, of Tunica, Mississippi is in the custody of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office following an incident that occurred on Friday, January 1, 2021 in the parking lot of a local casino where several vehicles were damaged as the result of gunshots.  

Nesbitt will be charged with multiple counts of felony malicious mischief and one count of Discharge of Firearms within Subdivisions and populated areas in which people live and work. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: 

On Friday, January 1, 2021 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at approximately 3:12 a.m. stating an individual was shooting in the parking lot of a casino property. Deputies were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, deputies discovered several vehicles had been damaged as a result of gun fire. 

 

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office has an active and ongoing investigation into this incident. Once the investigation develops a suspect responsible for this incident, the identity of the suspect shall be released.  

 

Individuals that are victims of this incident have the right to file criminal charges or a civil lawsuit against the suspect for any damages or loss of property. 

 

If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411, or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400. 

Individuals Arrested on a Local Business Property Charged

On Sunday, January 3, 2021 at approximately 5:44 a.m., Christopher Holland (pictured first below) and Christopher McKinney (pictured second below) were both arrested by deputies on the property of a local business. Both individuals have been charged with Conspiracy, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Attempted Grand Larceny. The photographs pictured below are of some of the items that were in their possession at the time of the arrest. A catalytic converter, exhaust pipes, drills, and a radiator are among some of the items that were in their possession.

 

 

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Shots Fired leads to Damage to Several Vehicles

PRESS RELEASE
DATE OF INCIDENT: 01-01-2021
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
On Friday, January 1, 2021 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at approximately 3:12 a.m. stating an individual was shooting in the parking lot of a casino property. Deputies were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, deputies discovered several vehicles had been damaged as a result of gun fire.


The Tunica County Sheriff's Office has an active and ongoing investigation into this incident. Once the investigation develops a suspect responsible for this incident, the identity of the suspect shall be released.


Individuals that are victims of this incident have the right to press charges or file civil law suit against the suspect.


If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411, or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400.

2020 Incident Data

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Toddler Shot at Tunica Courts Apartments

PRESS RELEASE
DATE OF INCIDENT: 12-29-2020
TIME OF INCIDENT: 2:03 P.M. (1403 Hours)
LOCATION: Tunica Courts Apartments


DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating a juvenile had possibly been shot at Tunica Courts Apartments. Deputies and first responders were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, one juvenile, a three-year-old black male, was discovered to have an
apparent gunshot wound to the back. The child was treated on scene by Pafford for his injuries and was transported to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Tunica County Sheriff's Office has contacted Department of Human Services in reference to this incident. DHS will be assisting TCSO in this investigation. This incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office.


If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411, or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400.

Reflection of 2020 Food Distribution

On a Wednesday afternoon in May, our office received a phone call from an organization explaining their commitment to helping in our area and details of food assistance they would be able to provide to Tunica County. Sheriff Hamp eagerly rose to the challenge and organized a plan to take 600 food boxes directly to communities within the county the very next morning. An expected 250 boxes turned to 600+ when the first truck arrived. On the first day of distribution, staff loaded trailers and vehicles and set out to canvas neighborhoods to deliver boxes of fresh produce to citizens of Tunica County. From that, the distribution grew to a weekly occurrence every Thursday.

 

Within the first month, we were able to travel to every neighborhood within our county and deliver boxes. At that point, our initial donor recognized the incredible impact this program produced and was able to double the quantity of boxes. As concerns of the virus continued, Sheriff Hamp and Staff re-evaluated their plan and reformed the distribution to be a weekly drive-through box distribution. This shift in distribution allowed us to extend the invitation to our friends and families in neighboring counties. By mid-June, we were serving thousands of households each week, even during the scorching summer heat, torrential downpouring rains, windy days, and early winter chilly temperatures. At the end of it all, we were able to serve over 63,000 households with this assistance.

 

The holidays are a time of reflection, a time to express gratitude for all that we have. In this season of gratitude, I'd like to give thanks for all of the wonderful things these organizations responsible for making this project possible did to help our community. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, they enabled us to transform from merely a public safety organization to a COVID-19 emergency relief organization. During this time of uncertainty, it makes us feel so grateful to help make sure families in our community did not have to worry about food. We are eternally grateful for the support, generosity, and dedication to making a difference for so many. It has been a pleasure to hear community support and feedback on the impact this assistance was able to create.

 

We will be forever grateful for the phone call in May that made all of this possible. Thank you to each employee of our distributors that helped rise to the challenge each week from assembling boxes, packing boxes, loading trucks, driving to distribution sites, unloading boxes, organizing schedules, managing the program, and answering the call of duty to enable us to be able to serve.

 

As your Sheriff's Office of Tunica County, we are thankful for the opportunity we were allowed to make a difference in the lives of so many families during challenging times of 2020. As we look ahead to 2021, we are hopeful for better days for all. We will continue to seek opportunities to allow us to better serve those of you in our communities.

 

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