Sheriff’s deputies seeks shooting suspect



Sheriff’s deputies seeks shooting suspect

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking a man suspected of shooting a Tupelo man who asked for help to fix his broken down vehicle.

Lee County Chief Deputy Steve Brooks said officials are seeking a man who fits a description given by the victim, Clifford Wilson.

Wilson said the man who shot him was driving a 1949 or 1950 model red pickup truck. The truck has primer on a portion of it and a load of wood in the back bed, according to the report.

The suspect is described as a white male about five feet, six inches tall with a slim build. The suspect has dark curly hair and was wearing a green Army jacket and blue jeans.

The shooting incident reportedly occurred at 2:15 p.m. Sunday on Lee County Road 1009 on the portion of the Tulip Creek Road near the old Lee County Landfill, Brooks said.

According to the information Wilson gave officers, his car had broke down 2:15 p.m. Sunday and he flagged the pickup down for assistance. When the driver got out of his pickup, he pulled a handgun on Wilson and demanded his wallet. When Wilson attempted to knock the gun out of the man’s hand, it went off and the bullet grazed Wilson’s face and head, partially shooting off his ear, Brooks said. The suspect then fled in his truck.

Anyone who sees or knows of the suspect is urged to call the Lee County Sheriff’s department at 840-9040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-TIPS.

– Jane Hill

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