Police cracking down on curfew

news-crime-police-stockHOUSTON – Shots were fired in Houston Friday and Saturday night and one man has been arrested in connection to one of those incidents and a series of fights and disturbances over the weekend.

Roger Brownlee, 21, of Houston was arrested for giving false information, exhibiting a weapon and discharging a firearm in the city limits Saturday night and was placed in the Chickasaw County Jail.

“It started on the parking lot of the high school about 12:30 a.m. Saturday with a call of 12 boys arguing and when we got there, they had dispersed,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “We couldn’t get anyone to tell us what was going on and left.

“We were called back up there at 1:50 and it was the same thing,” said Voyles. “And it didn’t stop there.”

Voyles said the department got a call at 2:09 a.m. that shots had been fired at the park on Martin Luther King Street and got another call a 2:13 a.m. that more shots had been fired a few streets over.

“About that time we got a call of a fight at a convenience store at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 8,” said Voyles. “When we got there, there were shirts all over the parking lot but, again no one knew what had happened.”

Voyles said police were able to determine the incident involved juveniles and police spent the better part of the night collecting names and knocking on doors asking parents to speak to their children.

“We chased kids all night long,” said Voyles. “I mean our officers literally had to run down these kids and bring them to the police station. We called their parents and they came and picked them up.”

Voyles said police beefed up patrols Saturday night.

“We got a call of shots fired Saturday night on Church Street and a good citizen gave us a good description of the car involved,” said Voyles. “We pulled it over on Jackson Street and recovered a .25-cal. pistol and that’s when we made our arrest.”

Voyles said Houston Police and Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department deputies conducted a road block at the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 8 on the Courthouse Square Saturday night.

“We want parents to know there is a curfew and kids are not supposed to be out after midnight,” said Voyles. “We are going to start pulling them over, towing their car and getting their parents to come pick them up.

“We are fortunate no one was shot or killed this weekend,” said Voyles. “We consider this a very serious matter and we are going to get to the bottom of this and get it stopped.”

Anyone with information about this case can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-TIPS (8477) and if the information leads to an arrest and conviction, a cash reward will be paid.

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