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Man found dead in car on South Center Street identified

A man found dead before dawn today in a car parked on Center Street has been identified as Lance “Tyrone” Mackbee of Bogue Chitto.

Mackbee, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 400 block of South Center Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. by emergency service personnel with King’s Daughters Medical Center, said Lincoln County Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford.

Alford said Mackbee had been shot several times, but a cause of death won’t be determined until an autopsy is performed, possibly Thursday. Mackbee’s body was sent to the state crime lab for the autopsy, he said.

Brookhaven police are investigating the homicide.

Chief Bobby Bell said officers responding to a call of a man sleeping in his vehicle on Center Street found that the man was deceased. “They thought he was asleep,” he said. “They checked for a pulse and realized he was dead.”

The discovery was made shortly after 3 a.m.

“We have reason to believe the victim did not drive himself to that location,” Bell said.

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call Brookhaven Police Department at 601-833-2424 or CrimeStoppers at 601-823-0150. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.