Press Releases


Death Investigation Ongoing

Date:        Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time:        10:52 p.m.

Location:   Stover Road

                Tunica, Mississippi

William Booth, 63, whom family and friends fondly called him Bill Booth, was found dead in his vehicle on Stover Road. It does not appear to be foul play; moreover, the investigation is ongoing. 

If anyone has any information concerning the death of Mr. William Booth, please contact myself, Major Bernadette Logan at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office (662) 363-1411.


Released by:

Major Bernadette Logan


Cause of Death Ruled Accidental at Tunica Landfill

Robinsonville, MS ~ The Tunica County Sheriff's Office investigated the death of 48-year-old, Jimmy Lee Woodus, of Cordova, Tennessee, who was found dead at the Tunica Landfill on June 9, 2020.  Shortly after his body was recovered from the rubbish, he was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson, Mississippi for an autopsy.  The State Medical Examiner's provisional pathological diagnosis stated the cause of death as blunt, crush injuries and the manner of death to be accidental. 

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Access Corrections Secure Deposits

Effective May 20, 2020 the Sheriff's Office will no longer be accepting money orders for inmates' commissary/phone account funds. This process will now be done through:


Access Corrections Secure Deposits is the fastest, most convenient way to deposit funds into your loved one's account! Send money with your Visa or MasterCard using one of the following options:

Smart Device: Download our Android or iOS app. Online:accesscorrections.com. The app and online options offer the lowest handling charge! Toll-free Telephone: 866-345-1884. Call 24/7 to speak with a bilingual representative.


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Beatline Rd - Shooting Incident


PIO NUMBER:                2020-02-10    

DATE OF INCIDENT:   02-10-2020 

TIME OF INCIDENT:   6:02 P.M. (1802 Hours) 

LOCATION:                   Beatline Road - Tunica, MS 38676 



At approximately 6:02 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2020 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls in reference to shots being fired near the area of Beatline Road in Tunica, MS 38676.


Upon arrival, deputies determined it was a possible drive-by shooting incident. Deputies discovered one black male subject with gunshot wounds. The victim was treated on the scene and transported by Pafford Medical Services to Regional One Medical Center. 


At the time of the incident, the victim failed to provide a description of the vehicle or suspect(s). The incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. 


Anyone with information pertaining to this incident please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the Tunica County Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400. 

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UPDATE - Final Suspect from Valero Incident Turns Himself In


Jimmy Dotson, identified as the driver of the grey Toyota Camry involved in the Valero shooting incident that occurred January 26, 2020 turned himself in to authorities around 7:30 am on February 10, 2020. Dotson was wanted for accessory after the fact.




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High Speed Chase Leads to Arrest of Two Wanted Individuals

On Saturday, February 1, 2020 at approximately 0954 hours, Tunica County Sheriff Deputies attempted to stop a green Chevy Malibu sedan for a minor driving infraction at Old Highway 61 and Casino Center Drive in Robinsonville, MS.

The motorist continued to speed off avoiding deputies, which led to a high-speed chase. The driver of the Chevy Malibu continued north on U.S. Highway 61 where DeSoto County deputies could be seen setting up a roadblock on U.S. Highway 61 near Highway 3. The driver of the Chevy Malibu continued onto I-69 East into DeSoto County.

Tunica County Sheriff Deputies were assisted by DeSoto County Sheriff Deputies and Hernando Police Department. Before the assisting agencies deployed their stop sticks, the green Chevrolet Malibu wrecked out near I-69 and I-55. Two black males fled from the vehicle and were captured immediately near a store on Highway 51 in Hernando, MS.

The subjects were identified as: Willie Lee Austin of 4600 Lapaloma Line Olive Branch, MS and Michael Kincaid Shipp of 4745 Chatelet Drive Olive Branch, MS. Deputies discovered after identifying the subjects that both are wanted for murder that occurred earlier that morning (February 1, 2020) in the city of Olive Branch, MS located in DeSoto County.

Willie Lee Austin's bond is set at $950,000 for murder ($900,000) and conspiracy to commit a crime - felony ($50,000). Michael Kincaid Shipp's bond is set at $1 million for murder, ($900,000) attempt to commit offense / murder, ($50,000) and conspiracy to commit a crime - felony ($50,000). All bonds were set by a municipal judge in Olive Branch, MS.

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office has felony fleeing charges on Michael Kincaid Shipp. The Tunica County Sheriff's Office ask anyone with information pertaining to this incident to please contact Tunica County Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400. ALL CALLS REMAIN ANONYMOUS!

(The photos below are the subject's MS/DL photos. The first is Michael Kincaid Shipp. The second is Willie Lee Austin)

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Search Warrant Leads to Seizure of Illicit Drugs

On Friday, January 31, 2020 an investigation was conducted that led to the seizure of illicit drugs and one arrest. Montez Deshun Hurd faces charges after officers found a handgun and an array of drugs while executing a search warrant early Friday morning in White Oak. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 1011 Catalpa Dr., Tunica, MS 38676.

During the search, officers recovered a handgun, Cannabutter, marijuana, and edibles - containing what is believed to be THC. Hurd admitted to producing the edibles that the officers recovered. Officers located a scale, paraphernalia, and aluminum containers during the search as well. Hurd faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

This investigation is ongoing into drugs and all other crimes throughout Tunica County. If you have any information, please call Tunica County Crime Stopper at 662-910-0400. All calls are anonymous, information leading to an arrest can lead to an award up to $1,000 and individuals will not be required to appear in court.

Photos are of evidence recovered during seizure and a MS/DL photo of Hurd.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you are making your Super Bowl party plans, the TCSO is urging you to make plans to get home safely. While Super Bowl Sunday is an exciting time with friends and family gathered around the television, it is also one of the deadliest times of the year on the road.

Please plan ahead to have a designated driver. We will be out in full force this weekend to keep an eye on our roads and keep them safe. Those caught guilty of driving under the influence WILL go to jail. Remember if you see anyone driving impaired, please call the Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 to report it, or dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

Have a safe and exciting weekend!

UPDATE Valero Shooting


PIO NUMBER:              2020-01-26 

CASE NUMBER:           20-03590 

DATE OF INCIDENT:    01-26-2020 

TIME OF INCIDENT:    Approximately 2:32 a.m. 

LOCATION:                   1433 U.S. Highway 61 North, TUNICA, MS  37686 (Valero) 




Early Sunday Morning, January 26, 2020, at approximately 0232 Hours, a shooting incident occurred in the area of Valero, located at 1433 U.S. Highway North, in Tunica, Mississippi. As of January 31, 2020, one suspect remains at large, and three individuals are in custody related to this incident. 


Jimmy Dotson, identified as the driver of the grey Toyota Camry involved in the incident, is still at large. Dotson is wanted for accessory after the fact. The Tunica County Sheriff's Office ask anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts to please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400. ALL CALLS REMAIN ANONYMOUS! Any information leading to an arrest can pay up to $1,000. 


Eric Brandon, Jr. wanted for accessory, remains in custody with the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. He appeared before a circuit court judge on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 and was denied bond. This was due to currently being out on bond for a crime commissioned prior to the Valero incident. 


On January 27, 2020 at approximately 0500 hours, Zumbrota Police performed a routine traffic stop which led to the arrest of Jernard Black and Martrevious Sanders. During this stop, two handguns were recovered.  


Jernard Black, wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder in connection to the Valero incident, remains in custody at Goodhue County Jail in Red Wing, MN. Black is also being held pending charges on a DeSoto County warrant. 


Matrevious Sanders, wanted for aggravated assault in connection to the Valero incident, remains in custody at Goodhue County Jail in Red Wing, MN.  


At this time, local charges have been dropped by MN and Black and Sanders are being held while waiting on extradition. The request for extradition has been signed by MN at this time. 


The Tunica County Sheriff's Office and the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office are working with other federal agencies on the investigation of the firearms recovered in the MN traffic stop. 


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If You See Something, Say Something

From the Department of Homeland Security:


Across the country, in our communities, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, family, coworkers, and friends. We go to work or school, the grocery store, or the gas station. It's easy to overlook these routine moments, but as you're going about your day, if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something. By being alert and reporting suspicious activity to your local law enforcement, you can protect your family, neighbors, and community.


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