About 8:50 p.m., Vicksburg Police officers and Warren County deputies captured Jason Skinner, 28, a suspect in the homicide that occurred around 4 p.m. this afternoon.
“We couldn’t do it without the help of the sheriff’s department,” Police Chief Milton Moore said at the scene, calling it “total teamwork.”
Skinner was captured at Crossway Church on U.S. Highway 61 South. He has been arrested for the murder of Courtney Anderson, 39, of Vicksburg.
Apparently, Skinner forced his way into the church and set off an alarm in the building, alerting police.
According to witnesses, Skinner was spotted earlier in Walmart where he changed into all-black clothing.
“I’m just glad this case is solved,” Moore said, to give the victim’s family some closure.
The chief indicated the dogged determination required to close this case so quickly. “We wasn’t going to stop,” he said.
The incident began around 4 p.m. today, when Vicksburg Police officers responded to a shooting at 3708 Halls Ferry Road. The victim, Anderson, had been shot in the chest and died at the scene.
Officers closed down Halls Ferry Road for about three hours in the massive manhunt that ensued.
Earlier, police detained one person of interest for questioning while still searching for Skinner. It’s unclear what the status is of that individual.
Skinner is being held at the Madison County Sheriff Department without bond awaiting his initial court appearance. He faces a murder charge and possibly burglary of a church. He will appear in the Vicksburg Municipal Court on Saturday Nov. 30, around 10 a.m.
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