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UPDATE – ALL SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY; Shooting victims dies; one shooter in custody, two on the run



Willie Johnson

UPDATE – 1:02 p.m. – Three more arrests have been made in relation to the homicide on June 6 at the convenience store on Halls Ferry at Gibson.

An additional suspect, Wilmar Johnson, 23, was also charged with drive-by shooting and murder. Just moments ago, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested the other two suspects, Jermain Johnson and Calvert Cosby. “I cannot say enough good things about the cooperation we received from our fellow sheriff in Shelby County. We are now awaiting word back from Tennessee and Texas to see if these individuals are going to waive extradition,” said Sheriff Pace.

All suspect are being charged with drive-by shooting and first-degree murder. The Sheriff is confident additional charges will be filed as the investigation progresses.

“The cooperation of the Vicksburg Police Department investigators who worked closely with Sheriff’s Office investigators cannot be praised enough. Investigators worked together seemlessly. That cooperation was key to these arrests being made,” said Pace.


The victim of the Halls Ferry and Gibson Road shooting has died. One of the three people of interest associated with the rash of shootings in Vicksburg and Warren County is in custody. Two others are on the run.

Dead is 27-year-old Devonte Gary. Gary was shot at the convenience store on the corner of Halls Ferry and Gibson Road Thursday night. In custody for that shooting and several others is Willie Johnson, 24.

Johnson was captured in Tyler, Texas by law enforcement there based on warrants issued by local law enforcement.

“As has been reported, there was been a series of shootings in the city and the county that took place over several days. These three individuals have been identified by investigators as those responsible for the shooting at Halls Ferry and Gibson Road just before 9 o’clock on the evening of the sixth,” explained Sheriff Martin Pace. “Devonte Gary, 27, was the victim in that shooting and he died in a Jackson area hospital yesterday from multiple gunshot wounds.”

The three invidivduals were identified early in the investigation and they had warrants for drive by shooting issued. Those charges have now been upgraded to first degree murder. Acting on our warrant, law enforcement in Tyler, Texas has arrested Willie Johnson this morning.”

Still on the run are:

Calbo, Bones Willie
Calvert “Calbo” Cosby, 22, Jermaine “Bones” Johnson, 45, Willie Johnson, 24(In custody)

Anyone with any information are encourage to cal so or Crime Stoppers who pays up to a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest in serious crimes such as these.

The Sheriff went on to say, “It appears at this time that none of these are random shootings. This stems from a beef between several individuals and are not random acts.”

Citing that this is an ongoing investigation, Sheriff Pace would not offer any other details.

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