Harrison County

Police question report of gunfire that led to school lockdown

The police department is questioning an initial report of an armed home invasion at Landmark Apartments that led to a temporary lockdown Monday afternoon at D’Iberville Middle School.

Police Chief Wayne Payne said the shooting was reported at 1:24 p.m. and officers arrived at the apartment three minutes later. A resident reported that a man knocked on the door, then forced his way into the apartment and demanded money. He said the intruder was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing braided hair, blue jeans and a black T-shirt.

The resident told police a gun fired while the resident and intruder were tussling over the intruder’s gun. The resident said the man then ran from the apartment.

Police interviewed residents of other apartments who said they did not see a man running from the unit in question. They did, however, report hearing a gunshot, Payne said.

Out of an abundance of caution, the middle school was locked down from 1:37 p.m. to 2:13 p.m.

Capt. Marty Griffin said in a press release that police could not corroborate the resident’s report of what happened after receiving conflicting statements by victims, information from witnesses and collecting physical evidence.

“In speaking to the neighbors and witnesses,” Payne said. “We’re trying to figure out exactly what happened.”

Griffin said officers are not looking for a suspect unless new information confirms the initial report, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99