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Shooting Claims Life of Local Tunica Resident

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DATE OF INCIDENT: 08-26-2020 

TIME OF INCIDENT: 9:49 P.M. (2149 Hours) 

LOCATION: Old Highway 61 N - Between Gay St. & Anderson St. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: 

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at approximately 9:49 p.m. the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating shots had been fired in the area near Old Highway 61 N, between Gay Street and Anderson Street, and that one subject had been shot. 

 

Deputies and first responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, one individual was located inside a vehicle unresponsive. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by Tunica County Deputy Coroner. The victim has been identified as Demarco Peaches, 39, of Tunica, Mississippi.  

 

Witnesses gave Tunica County Sheriff's Office a description of a vehicle leaving the area. The vehicle was located by deputies at Tunica Courts Apartments.  

 

One suspect has been identified. The Tunica County Sheriff's Office obtained warrants for Calvin Hurd III, 22, of Tunica, Mississippi for drive by shooting and murder. Hurd is now in custody of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office and is awaiting an initial appearance before a judge. 

 

This incident remains under investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 or CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400. 

 

 

 

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Shooting at Levee Commissary

PRESS RELEASE 

 

DATE OF INCIDENT:    08-15-20 

TIME OF INCIDENT:    12:13 A.M. (0013 Hours) 

LOCATION:                 Levee Commissary - Tunica, MS 38676 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: 

On Saturday, August 15, 2020 at approximately 12:13 a.m. (0013 hours), the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating that one individual had been shot at the Levee Commissary. Deputies and first responders were dispatched to the scene. 

Upon arrival, deputies located one individual suffering a gunshot wound. The victim was treated on scene by Pafford and transported to the Paul Battle Arena to be airlifted by Wings to a hospital. The victim has been identified as Daniel Walker, a 22-year-old white male.  

On scene, one suspect was identified and taken into custody by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was identified as James Tiner, a 59-year-old white male, of Senatobia Mississippi. 

Tiner appeared before a judge on Sunday, August 16, 2020 and was issued a bond for $50,000.00 for the charge of aggravated assault. 

This incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 662-910-0400. 

Beatline Road Shooting Hospitalizes Two Juveniles

PRESS RELEASE 

 

DATE OF INCIDENT:    08-02-2020 

TIME OF INCIDENT:    3:46 P.M. (1546 Hours) 

LOCATION:                     Beatline Road - Tunica, MS 38676 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: 

On Sunday, August 2, 2020 at approximately 1546 hours, the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating shots had been fired on Beatline Road. First responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, deputies discovered one individual was located with a gunshot wound. The individual was treated on the scene by Pafford and Tunica County First Responders and transported by Wings to the hospital. This individual has been identified as a 17-year-old, black male juvenile. 

 

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a second 911 call at 1548 hours stating a second individual had been shot on Beatline Road. Deputies and first responders were dispatched to this location. Upon arrival, one individual was located with a gunshot wound. The individual was treated on scene by Pafford and Tunica County First Responders and transported by Wings to the hospital. This individual has been identified as a 13-year-old, black male juvenile. 

 

While on scene, deputies were informed by one of the victims and witnesses of a description of a white utility pick-up truck used as the suspected vehicle. 

 

One suspect has been identified as Jalon Carter, of Tunica, and is in custody at the Tunica County Detention Center. Carter is being charged with two counts of drive by shooting. 

 

This incident remains under investigation by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office. The Tunica County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking information on other subjects involved, related to this incident. Any individual with information is encouraged to call Tunica County Sheriff's Office at 662-363-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 662-910-0400. Any information leading to an arrest could pay up to $1,000. 

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

PRESS RELEASE 

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 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: 

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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