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Vicksburg and Warren County law enforcement officers capture Jason Skinner, wanted for murder

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Jason Kyle Skinner. Photo from the Vicksburg Police Department.

About 8:50 p.m., Vicksburg Police officers and Warren County deputies captured Jason Skinner, 28, a suspect in the homicide that occurred around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

“We couldn’t do it without the help of the sheriff’s department,” Police Chief Milton Moore said at the scene, calling it “total teamwork.”

Skinner was captured at Crossway Church on U.S. Highway 61 South. He has been arrested for the murder of Courtney Anderson, 39, of Vicksburg.

Shooting victim Courtney Dewayne Anderson died at the scene Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Apparently, Skinner forced his way into the church and set off an alarm in the building, alerting police.

According to witnesses, Skinner was spotted earlier in Walmart where he changed into all-black clothing.

“I’m just glad this case is solved,” Moore said, to give the victim’s family some closure.

The chief indicated the dogged determination required to close this case so quickly. “We wasn’t going to stop,” he said.

The incident began around 4 p.m. today, when Vicksburg Police officers responded to a shooting at 3708 Halls Ferry Road. The victim, Anderson, had been shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Officers closed down Halls Ferry Road for about three hours in the massive manhunt that ensued.

Earlier, police detained one person of interest for questioning while still searching for Skinner. It’s unclear what the status is of that individual.

Skinner is being held at the Madison County Sheriff Department without bond awaiting his initial court appearance. He faces a murder charge and possibly burglary of a church. He will appear in the Vicksburg Municipal Court on Saturday Nov. 30, around 10 a.m.

See our live on-the-scene report on Facebook.

Updated to correct information about Crossway Church, and to add photos and details about Skinner’s court appearance.

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Vicksburg PD arrest woman for aggravated assault; incident report for Jan. 23

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Vicksburg Police officers charged Nakeisha Blue, 34, of Vicksburg, with one count of aggravated assault as a result of the altercation that occurred on Meadowvale Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

As reported yesterday, the victim in the case had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. She was transported to Merit Health River Region for treatment.

Blue is being housed in the Madison County Jail and will appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Crescensio Mejias

The Vicksburg PD also reported the arrest of Crescensio Mejias, 27, of Tallulah, La. Mejias appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Wednesday, Jan. 22, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He received a $5,000 bond and was bound over to the Warren County Grand Jury.

Other incidents reported for Wednesday:

At 3:29 p.m., officers responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 1100 block of Fayette Street. The victim reported that three televisions, two computers and jewelry were taken.

At 5:10 p.m., officers responded to the area of Letitia Street in reference to a report of shots fired. When the officers arrived on the scene, they found no evidence of shots being fired.

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

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Vicksburg PD reports a shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, theft from a business, shots fired and aggravated assault calls

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The Vicksburg Police Department reported the following incidents for Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 22.

On Tuesday at 9:02 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Railroad Alley on a call for a vehicle that had been shot into. The complainant reported that they had found a bullet hole in the rear passenger side door of their 2014 Nissan Rogue.

Tuesday at 3:38 p.m., officers responded to Divine Donuts, 1405 Clay Street, for a report of a theft. The complainant stated that two juvenile males stole a donation jar from the counter of the restaurant. Officers located the offenders and returned the stolen money.

Tuesday at 11:08 p.m., officers responded to the area of Clark Street and Patton Street in reference to shots fired. When the officers arrived on the scene, they found no evidence of shots being fired.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Meadowvale Drive for a report of an aggravated assault. The victim had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and was transported to Merit Health River Region for treatment. This case is still under investigation.

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

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Dogan, wanted for auto burglary, is in custody

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Shortly before 3 p.m. today, an alert resident notified Vicksburg Warren 911 that they had seen Cody Dogan in the Oak Ridge Community.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was holding an active auto burglary warrant for Dogan.

The caller gave a vehicle description, and within minutes, Dogan was spotted by Sgt. Silento McMorris in the 2400 block of Oak Ridge Road.

McMorris stopped the vehicle and took Dogan into custody. An unidentified female was in the vehicle with Dogan and was also taken into custody.

Sheriff’s Investigators are en route to process the vehicle in relation to other suspicious activity.

Dogan has been transported to the Warren County Jail.

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