Harrison County

Update: Harrison deputy cleared in shooting, suspect arrested again

A Harrison County grand jury has cleared a sheriff’s deputy who shot a man in the leg while responding to a report of a suicidal person.

Deputy Charles Saucier shot James Epperson Jr., then 38, on June 26 on Firetower Road in Pass Christian. Saucier had pulled up at a neighbor’s house rather than Epperson’s.

“The deputy was talking to a neighbor when Epperson started shooting from his house,” Peterson said. “The neighbor took off.”

Saucier ducked behind his patrol car and returned fire, hitting Epperson in the leg, Peterson said. The sheriff said at least one bullet from Epperson’s gun hit the patrol car.

Epperson posted bond and was released from jail July 1 on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a police officer, according to the jail docket. Peterson said the charge against Epperson has not yet been presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether enough evidence exists to indict Epperson for trial.

Epperson was arrested again Dec. 16 on misdemeanor charges of failing to comply with a law enforcement officer’s request, resisting arrest and disturbing the family peace. He was released on bond Dec. 22.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99