By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Bond was set Monday at $250,000 by Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes for a 17-year-old charged with aggravated assault following a shooting that injured an Aberdeen man Saturday.
According to Aberdeen police Chief Henry Randle, his department received a call between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Saturday regarding a man, 56-year-old David Puddister, who was shot multiple times at his residence on Mobile Street.
Puddister is the clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Aberdeen.
According to Randle, Puddister went to walk his dog Saturday morning when he heard someone trying to break into his shed. That’s when a pistol discharged several times.
“We found the suspect at his residence at Cardinal Lane Apartments shortly after the shooting,” Randle said. He said the person gave a statement and led them to the weapon.
Randle thanks the citizens who helped in this case in helping law enforcement find the culprit and also to the emergency medical responders who first responded to Puddister.
“I’m extremely happy the citizens gave me good information. Law enforcement and the EMTs were both at their best, a suspect is locked up and a victim is on his way to recovery. This is the way it’s supposed to work,” Randle said.
The APD was assisted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Marshals in this case.