Man charged in shooting of Lowndes deputies

COSCIA

COSCIA

COLUMBUS (AP) – A man has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault in the shooting of two Mississippi deputies in a Lowndes County subdivision.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says in news release that 30-year-old Kenneth Marion Coscia of New Hope was arrested shortly after the incident. Coscia is also charged with one count of shooting into a dwelling.

During an initial appearance Wednesday, a judge set bond for Coscia at $1 million on each of the aggravated assault counts and $50,000 for shooting into a dwelling.

Coscia is being held in the county jail.

Deputies Larry Swearingen and Clint Sims were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with gunshot wounds after the incident, which occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The two were in stable condition Wednesday.

Authorities say the deputies were conducting a welfare check in the New Hope area when they were shot.