Family argument results in shooting death

Published 5:00 am Thursday, June 14, 2007

An argument between family members led to the death of oneCopiah County man and the arrest of another in the Tuesday nightshooting, said Copiah County Chief Deputy Sheriff TonyHemphill.

Joseph Catchings, 44, of Georgetown, died of shotgun blasts tothe head and chest, said Copiah County Coroner Phil Howard.

Catchings was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting,which happened Tuesday night at 2020 Sandifer Lane inGeorgetown.

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Catchings’ brother-in-law Barron Tillman, 40, was arrestedWednesday and charged with murder in the incident. Tillman is stillbeing held in Copiah County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Hemphill said two calls came into dispatch saying someone hadbeen shot. He said the shooting in the home, where both men wereliving, happened after a disagreement.

“Around 11 that night an argument took place between Catchingsand Tillman,” Hemphill said.

Hemphill said Tillman is alleged to have retrieved a shotgunfrom one bedroom and then shot Catchings in the front bedroom ofthe residence. The deputy said Tillman fled the residence onfoot.

“We searched for about six hours and finally caught himyesterday morning in an abandoned barn in the county,” Hemphillsaid today.

Tillman’s bond hearing will be held Thursday afternoon.