By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
MYRTLE – A Myrtle police officer arrested three people suspected of involvement in a Holly Springs shooting Tuesday afternoon, and a fourth – Cassell Vaughn, 22, of Holly Springs, was arrested later in the woods of Union County.
Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Warren said the incident began with a shooting in Holly Springs – apparently drug-related, since the suspects were found with a quantity of what was believed to be marijuana. They fled east on Miss. Highway 178, where three of the four surrendered when confronted by law enforcement. Vaughn fled into nearby woods but was captured around 6:30 p.m.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said nobody was injured in the Holly Springs incident.
“There was an exchange of gunfire up there between somebody else and these individuals,” he said.
In addition to Vaughn, the arrested suspects were Quentin Gilbert, 20; Keshaun Cook, 19; Jeremiah Young, 26; all of New Albany. All four are charged by Union County authorities with possession of marijuana (more than a kilo) with intent to distribute. Gilbert, Young and Vaughn are also charged possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after .45-caliber and 9mm handguns were reportedly found in their vehicle. They were being held in the Union County Jail.
The four suspects are expected to face further charges in Holly Springs. Police Chief William Hollowell could not be reached Tuesday night.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, DeSoto Sheriff’s Office, Marshall Sheriff’s Office, Union Sheriff’s Office, Myrtle Police Department, New Albany Police Department and Holly Springs Police Department participated in the manhunt, said Union County Sheriff’s Investigator Roger Garner.
“We really wanted to get these guys,” Garner said. “We’re not going to stand for that stuff even passing through.”