Three police officers shot, numerous civilians, and one murder in West Point, MS


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Borachon
October 10, 2005, 08:49 PM
Saturday night in a small Southern town.


Guy killed his father then went on a shooting rampage. Shot into cars travelling on a local highway and hit some people, went into a Sonic Drive In and shot some more people, then shot three police men. Carjacked two vehicles and was finally shot and wounded. Currently in a local hospital.

Other than the man's father, no one else is expected to perish from their wounds.


On a personal note, I've often stopped at that Sonic when travelling to Mississippi State University.

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Baba Louie
October 11, 2005, 11:19 AM
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http://www.dailytimesleader.com/articles/2005/10/10/news/news01.txt

Harris to be arraigned this morning
Officials to seek murder, several other charges

By Kyle Shelton

Daily Times Leader

Steven Jesse Harris, accused in the murder of his father and the shooting of three police officers will be arraigned in West Point Municipal Court Tuesday at 9 a.m.

West Point Police Chief Bill Gibson said that Harris in several weekend shootings will likely be charged with the murder of his father.

Harris, 23, 752 Mayhew St., West Point, will possibly be charged with at least four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted kidnapping, kidnapping, two car-jackings and the murder of his father, Malachi Randle, 72, also of 752 Mayhew St.

Randle died of a gunshot wound, officials said Monday.

Gibson said he expects Harris will be charged with all the crimes and could be charged with others.

“These are the charges we anticipate seeking,” Gibson said.

Harris is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. in West Point Municipal Court.

Three officers, two from West Point and a Tri-County Narcotics officer, were shot by Harris. West Point officer Jesse Anderson was shot in the face, officer Ken Poole was shot in the torso and Tri-County Narcotics Task Force Sgt. Shane Lamkin was shot in the lower leg, according to police reports.

Poole and Anderson were both improving after surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo Monday. Lamkin was treated and released from NMMC - West Point Sunday.

Harris has an extensive misdemeanor arrest record in Oktibbeha County on offenses ranging from simple assault to disregarding a traffic control device.

He served 14 days in the Oktibbeha County Jail in late July on a Justice Court conviction for disorderly conduct stemming from a December 2004 incident, in which he assaulted Sheriff Dolph Bryan during a meeting at his office in Starkville.

Harris’ twin brother, Stephenson, is currently in prison for violating his probation on a 1999 conviction for sale of marijuana. Stephenson Harris is also facing trial on three charges of simple assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from incidents in November 2003 and December 2004. Oktibbeha County officials said the Harris and his brother have been known to use their identities interchangeably when being arrested.

Gibson said all the charges Harris faces stem from the Saturday night incident in West Point.

At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night West Point police officers responded to several calls about a man with a gun and shots fired in the 300 block of U.S. 45 Alternate near Sonic Drive-In, according to Capt. Danny McCaskill.

“Upon arriving officers were able to piece together from talking to witnesses at Sonic Drive-In that a tall heavy set black male entered the Sonic Drive-In parking lot on foot carrying a rifle,” McCaskill said. According to witnesses the man, later identified as Harris, fired at at least two vehicles passing on the highway. One of those shots hit Terrence Calvert in the arm as he drove by the area, according to police reports.

“The suspect then turned his attention to persons in the Sonic Drive-In parking lot,” McCaskill said.

Witnesses said Harris approached several cars pointing the weapon at the occupants demanding their cars. At least one car sped away. Harris then allegedly stabbed Joshua Funderburg, 20, of West Point, in the chest with a knife while he tried to take the car the Funderburg was a passenger in.

Harris then allegedly tried to enter the restaurant, but finding the doors locked fired the rifle and smashed the front door glass with the butt of the rifle. Investigators later recovered a scope that broke away from the rifle near the broken door.

“The suspect finally directed his attention to a white Honda Accord occupied by Kevin Collins and Monica Chandler, both of West Point,” McCaskill said. “The suspect pointed the rifle at the couple and ordered Collins out of the vehicle while telling Chandler to remain in the vehicle.”

Harris then allegedly drove out of the parking lot and headed north on U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. West Point officers chased Harris as he allegedly drove the car. He apparently began swerving and lost control of the car near Mitchell Buick, located at 1522 U.S. 45 Alternate North.

Harris then left the Honda and allegedly began firing at officers.

Harris then apparently ran across the highway, exchanging gunfire with West Point officers and attempted to take Shalise Ewing, 24, of West Point, hostage. Ewing was driving south on U.S. 45 Alternate and stopped when he saw police cars.

Harris allegedly got into the driver’s side of Ewing’s Lincoln and continued firing at officers until he was shot in the left side and shoulder, according to police reports.

“Officers were then able to subdue Harris and take him into custody,” McCaskill said. “A revolver, straight razor and pocket knife were found near Harris as well as a .22-caliber rifle.”

Officers also recovered a .38-caliber pistol and another handgun, Gibson said.

Gibson said he will request that Harris does not receive any bond because “he is a danger to society.”

Starkville Daily News Managing Editor Brian Hawkins contributed to this story.

TheEgg
October 11, 2005, 01:18 PM
Gibson said he will request that Harris does not receive any bond because “he is a danger to society.”

The winner of the blindingly obvious award for the day! :)

I just hope the judge agrees. :eek:

LAR-15
October 11, 2005, 01:26 PM
He must have used a non semi automatic rifle cause they did not call it an 'assault weapon'.

Hope he fries for murdering his dad.

Edit: I assume 22 rifle means .22 LR and not .22 WMR?

fourays2
October 11, 2005, 02:50 PM
10/22 and a .38, the only guns you need.

StopTheGrays
October 11, 2005, 03:24 PM
Harris, 23, 752 Mayhew St., West Point, will possibly be charged with ...and the murder of his father, Malachi Randle, 72, also of 752 Mayhew St.

Anyone else find that weird? Talk about having a "grandpa dad".

Standing Wolf
October 11, 2005, 07:42 PM
Another parole and probation poster boy makes the front page of the local paper.

dakotasin
October 11, 2005, 09:21 PM
grays- no... there are 46 years between my dad and myself... he was married, had 4 kids, then married my mom and had 3 more - i am the oldest (in the 2nd marriage), my youngest brother is 6 years younger than i, for a 52 year gap.

similiar situation? at any rate, i do not find it strange.

--on a side note... my dad died a couple years ago, after my brothers and i were married w/ kids, etc...

Borachon
October 12, 2005, 12:24 AM
A .22 rifle? Hmmm...I wouldn't have guessed that from looking at some damage shown on local news channels. One car that he shot at had a large hole in the side. Maybe he used the .38 on it.

I'll also point out that this is the illustrates a difference between city folk and country folk. The offices of Mossy Oak camoflague are in West Point. I believe it was founded there. This hints at how much interest local people have for hunting. This interest in hunting tends to promote shooting skills.

In my opinion, your typical city thug's shooting skills would be weak or non-existant. But a rural fellow....well, that's different. He went up against 3 police and shot all of them. Then walked into court today to hear the charges against him. Whether it's a truck driver escaping from Iraqi terrorists, or a criminal psychopath bent on shooting everyone dead, you gotta admit...those Mississippi boys got sand!

On a serious note, if he had been carrying a rifle with a little more power, he'd probably have killed all three of the officers. One shot in the face, one in the torso, and one through the thigh.

I'm not overly comforted by the fact that I was in West Point the day before this, and stopped at the Subway sandwich shop which is right next door to the Sonic and I've frequently eaten at THAT Sonic.

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