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



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.


High speed chase ends in fiery crash



(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space



UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

Original story:

The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested



(Photo source: WAPT)

Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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