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Murder suicide ends the life of wanted Mississippi man and one other in Texas



A Mississippi man wanted for multiple felonies, including homicide, has died in an apparent murder suicide in Texas along with an apparently innocent victim.

Roderick Wayne Bowers, 52, was wanted in Gulfport, Miss., for homicide, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated domestic violence assault. On Nov. 14, multiple law enforcement agencies were tracking him in Montgomery County, Texas. When officers attempted to stop Bowers around 6:40 p.m., he fled and ran to the Harmony Park Apartments in Spring, Texas, north of Houston.

Officers tracked Bowers to the apartment of John William Mohr, 52, of Midland, Texas. They attempted to contact Bowers and Mohr by telephone, without success.

At about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 15, Montgomery County SWAT members attempted to enter the apartment when three shots rang out. Police cordoned off the residence and sent in a remote-controlled robot with a camera.

The camera revealed two lifeless bodies inside. One has been identified as Mohr, and the other is presumed to be Bowers. Based on evidence at the scene, Bowers murdered Mohr, and then committed suicide. Apparently, the two men did not know each other.

“Please keep the Mohr family in your prayers during this difficult time,” the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office asked in a statement.



BREAKING: Another shooting at Azalea Trace Apartments in Warren County



Update 8:50:

The stabbing is not related to the shooting. It apparently occurred in the city of Vicksburg.

Original story:

Another shooting occurred Tuesday around 8 p.m. at the Azalea Trace Apartments on Fisher Ferry Road in Warren County.

The information we have is that a 17-year-old male has been shot once in the ribs and has been transported to Merit Health River Region. Another male has been hospitalized with multiple lacerations in what appears to be the same incident. Apparently, the second man was not transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The incident happened in the same building as the shooting Saturday. It’s not known if the two incidents are connected.

This is a breaking story. The Vicksburg Daily News will provide more details as we get them.

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Vicksburg Police arrest shooting suspect; respond to theft, burglary and another shooting



William Taylor. Photo from the Vicksburg Police Department.

Vicksburg Police officers arrested William Taylor today, Dec. 10, 2019, on a warrant issued as a result of a Nov. 9 shooting on Letitia Street.

Taylor is charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

He will be housed in the Madison County Jail overnight and brought back on Wednesday, Dec. 11, for his arraignment.

The Vicksburg Police Department also reported the following incidents:

Grand Larceny: Monday, Dec. 9, officers responded to the La Quinta Inn, 4160 South Frontage Road, for a report of a theft. The complainants reported someone stole their U-Haul trailer, which contained military equipment, a Datson vacuum, clothes, a safe, a 1-kilo bar of silver, a gold ring, and personal papers.

Business Burglary: Monday, Dec. 9, officers responded to the YMCA, 267 YMCA Place, in reference to a theft. The complainant stated that someone broke into his office and stole his safety harness vest and safety rope.

Simple Assault by Firearm: Monday, Dec. 9, officers responded to the Emergency Room at Merit Health River Region, 2100 U.S. Highway 61 North, for a reported gunshot victim. The victim stated he had been shot in his right arm while walking on Military Avenue.

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

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Vicksburg police make a drug arrest, respond to auto theft and shots fired



Clarence Lee, 64, arrested for possession of cocaine.

The Vicksburg Police Department has provided the following incident reports for Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.

On Friday, Dec. 6, Vicksburg Police officers arrested Clarence Lee, 64, of Vicksburg, at a traffic stop. He is charged with possession of cocaine and will appear before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court today, Monday, Dec. 9.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, officers responded to the Circle K convenience store at 4150 Washington St. for a reported auto theft. The complainant said that someone stole his 2017 Dodge Challenger from the gas pump.

Officers also responded to two reports of shots fired. In both cases, officers found no signs of suspicious activity or evidence of shots being fired.

The first call was on Friday, Dec. 6, in the 2700 block of Alcorn Drive, and the second report was on Sunday, Dec 8, in the area of Ivy Circle and Springridge Drive.


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