Sheriff: Man charged in fatal shooting, wounding, chase

Published 3:52 pm Monday, April 15, 2019

(AP) — Authorities say a south Mississippi man fatally shot a man, wounded a woman, and led police on a chase that ended when he rammed a police car.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells WDAM-TV that 30-year-old Norman Andrew Whiddon of Purvis killed 47-year-old James Edward Herrin on Saturday night.

Herrin was standing outside his Lumberton home, and Rigel says a woman standing on the porch was wounded with multiple shots.

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Fleeing in a pickup, Whiddon evaded spikes that deputies placed across the road to flatten his tires. He later crashed head-on into a Purvis police car.

Rigel says Whiddon and the officer suffered minor injuries.

Whiddon remains jailed without bail in Lamar County. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. He’s charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and felony eluding.