Five charged in connection with Friday shooting

Crime Stock By Floyd Ingram

Chickasaw Journal

OKOLONA – Authorities have arrested five people and the investigation continues into a Jan. 31 shooting where more than a dozen shots were fired.

The incident sent two people to the hospital. One was a 14-year-old boy with a bullet wound to the head, who was transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. He was listed in stable condition Friday.

“The incident occurred on Jefferson Street in eastern Okolona and apparently stemmed from an altercation earlier in the day,” said Okolona Assistant Police Chief Dwight Parker. “The two groups apparently got together about 11:30 that night and what began as a domestic disturbance became a shooting.”

Parker said police believe between 15 and 20 shots were fired in the altercation that occurred in the front yard.

Parker said Leonard Ray Darden, 32, and Archie Darden, 26, both of Okolona, have both been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Christopher L. McIntosh, 22, of Okolona, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They are currently in the Chickasaw County Jail without bond.

Parker said Rayfer Darden, 60, of Okolona, and Stephanie Darden, age unknown, of Okolona, have been charged with child neglect in connection with the case.

A handgun has been recovered and Parker said police are looking for other weapons.

“Anytime you have a shooting it is very serious and the number of shots fired in a city neighborhood makes this even more serious,” said Parker. “I would like to thank the community for helping us identify those involved in this shooting and in helping us make these arrests.”

The night of the shooting a man was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo by ambulance with a gunshot wound to the leg. The 14-year-old was airlifted to Le Bonheur. Parker said a third person shot was later identified and is being treated for a gunshot wound to the foot.

“We are still investigating this situation and do expect more arrests,” said Parker.

Parker said the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the shooting and has been actively involved in the investigation.

Anyone with details about this case is being asked to call the Okolona Police Department at (662) 447-5427 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-TIPS. Calls to Crime Stoppers that lead to an arrest can prompt a cash reward.