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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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Suspect in custody after kidnapping, auto burglary

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Devonte Lewis (photo courtesy of VPD)

At 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020,  officers were dispatched to the Motel 6, 4137 I-20 Frontage Road, where a victim reported that a black male had broken into his vehicle and stolen a handgun.

The suspect, Devonte Lewis, 27, of Dixon Mills, Alabama, then approached the driver of a 2005 GMC Yukon, brandishing the weapon, and made the driver and a female passenger drive him away.  Officers located the Yukon several minutes later at the intersection of Mission 66 and Clay Street, stopping it in the convenience store parking lot.  

Lewis was taken into custody without further incident, the stolen handgun was recovered in his possession, and the occupants of the vehicle were rescued unharmed. 

Lewis is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of auto burglary, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

He is being held without bond pending his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

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Redwood man arrested for assaulting a police officer

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Undrier Cage (photo courtesy VPD)

A Vicksburg police officer is recovering after being assaulted Friday night.

A few minutes after 9 p.m. Friday, Officer Hunter Anderson stopped a Cadillac Eldorado for speeding in the 900 block of Speed Street.

The driver, Undrier Cage, 42, of Redwood, Mississippi, got out of the car and attempted to flee on foot. Anderson attempted to detain Cage, and a struggle ensued.

Anderson received a laceration approximately 4 inches long to the left side of his head. He was transported to Merit Health River Region by ambulance, where he received 12 staples to close the wound. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Cage was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence. He is being held without bond pending his initial court appearance.

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VPD reports a string of burglaries from Tuesday through Thursday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that several burglaries occurred this week from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5:58 a.m. officers responded to 1601 North Frontage Road in reference to a residential burglary. The victim advised he discovered the lock on his trailer was broken and multiple power tools valued at $5,000 were missing.

Tuesday at 11 p.m., officers responded to Parts Supply, 2406 South Frontage Road, in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated he saw a white male wearing a camo jacket run from the cab of his truck carrying his lunch box while the driver was making a delivery to the store.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a victim came to the police department at 11:59 a.m. to report an auto burglary. The theft occurred on either Bridge Street or Evans Alley, sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. A Taurus 9-mm handgun was taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8:41 a.m. a victim came to the police department to report an auto burglary. A black, white and lime green Scott bicycle was stolen off the back of the victim’s 2017 Nissan Altima. The bicycle is valued at around $3,000.

Also on Thursday, officers responded to Tri-State Tires, 2209 Washington St., at 10:19 a.m. for a business burglary. The complainant stated one of the U-Haul transports valued at $9,000 was stolen Tuesday, Nov. 10.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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