Man dead after shooting in Lamar Co.; police believe self defense


One man is dead after a fight and shooting on Little Black Creek Road, in an incident which police believe was self-defense.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. Upon arriving, officers found a 31-year-old white male suffering from two gunshot wounds.

“Two people were doing CPR on him when our deputies arrived,” Rigel said. “He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“There were four or five witnesses at the scene, and from all accounts, we’re going to call it self-defense.”

The man’s body has been sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy.

Police have interviewed one man, and will present their findings to a grand jury.

“He’s not being charged with a crime right now,” Rigel said. “We’re going to present the case to a grand jury and see if they feel like there’s enough evidence to charge him with anything.”