Officers capture shooting suspect after nearly four hours of searching

Published 4:21 pm Thursday, April 18, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — Officers managed to capture a man who shot at police investigators in Brookhaven, Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said Thursday afternoon. No officer was injured in the shooting. 

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenny Collins said they were searching for Kriston Ramsey. A sheriff’s deputy managed to detain the suspect after a three and a half hour manhunt.

Collins said officers initially tried to sneak up on Ramsey at Jackson Square Apartments on North Jackson Street when they got in a tussle over a rifle. 

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“They were fighting over it and it went off. We are looking for him now. He is believed to be in the woods,” Collins said. “He has on brown shorts, no shirt and a red bandana on his leg. We believe he might be injured.” 

Ramsey was taken to the hospital following his arrest to be treated for an injury he sustained n the initial incident. 

Collins said the man was wanted on a felony warrant from the Lincoln County Sheriff office for stealing a vehicle. 

People reported there was a police presence by Mamie Martin Elementary School this afternoon. Brookhaven School District Superintendent Roderick Henderson said he has been in contact with Collins during the incident and said the law enforcement presence was a precaution. 

“He told me they are looking for a suspect in the area. The officers were there as a precaution,” Henderson said.

At this time there are no impacts to after school traffic according to Henderson.  

Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M said they were initially called to help but the call was canceled for them and referred any further questions to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. 

We are working to obtain any additional information at this time. 

Collins said Mississippi Bureau of Investigations was contacted to assist and expressed his thanks to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi Highway Patrol for their help. 

Check back for more updates on this developing story.