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Suspected shooter arrested following pursuit

By CALEB BEDILLION, DAILY LEADER Staff Writer

     A Brookhaven man wanted for his suspected involvement with a February shooting and on drug charges was arrested Thursday night , law enforcement officials said.

     Donovan Crenshaw, 19, of 804 East Washington Street, was arrested at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday following a brief pursuit by law enforcement, said Tim Vanderslice, commander of the Southwest Mississippi Narcotics Unit.

     Crenshaw has been charged with conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, sale of a controlled substance and with an aggravated assault warrant.

     The aggravated assault charge stems from the Feb. 3 shooting of Latron Dixon, 36, on Center Street.

     The Superbowl Sunday shooting left Dixon hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face.

     The victim’s testimony indicated Crenshaw’s involvement in the incident, Police Chief Pap Henderson said.

     “He’s been the suspect ever since the night it happened,” Henderson said of Crenshaw.

     Along with Crenshaw, authorities apprehended Louis Nichols, 22, of 4932 Seven Springs Road, Raymond on Thursday night.

     Nichols has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

     Vanderslice said his unit had been seeking Crenshaw on drug charges before the shooting.

     Thursday’s arrest followed a tip.

     “We had some information that he was going to be at PK’s car wash,” Vanderslice said. “We had the intel, so we set up on the car wash and the vehicle drove up.”

     Crenshaw arrived at PK’s in a white Ford Expedition with a Hinds County tag driven by Nichols, Vanderslice said.

     Vanderslice said law enforcement believes Nichols was living in a trailer park near Old Highway 51.

     Once the vehicle driven by Nichols arrived at the scene, authorities attempted to block the vehicle to make an arrest, but the suspects allegedly fled.

     “He jumped the curb, drove through the grass and got onto the road,” Vanderslice said. “We started chasing.”

     He estimates the pursuit reached speeds of approximately 45 miles per hour. The chase apparently ended up about a mile later after the vehicle turned into a cul-de-sac.

     “They ran up into the bushes with the vehicle and jumped out,” Vanderslice said.

     When arrested, Vanderslice said the suspects were several hundred feet from the trailer used by Nichols.

     He reported that no drugs or weapons were found on the suspects.

     No injuries or damage to vehicles was reported.

     “We got him hemmed up without incident,” Vanderslice said.

     Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Brookhaven Police Department and Drug Task Force all assisted in the arrest. In total, about 10-15 officers were estimated to be involved

     Authorities believe Crenshaw has been actively working to evade law enforcement.

     “He was staying hid from the public,” Vanderslice said. “He would not drive anywhere.”

     Law enforcement believes Crenshaw had been staying with Nichols at the trailer home and may have also been utilizing residences on Center Street and Monticello Street.

     “It’s a great thing we got him off the street from terrorizing citizens,” Vanderslice said.

     Vanderslice believes there may be others arrested who’ve been alleged accomplices of Crenshaw’s.