Harrison County

Federal agents arrest suspects in probe of Gulfport explosion

Federal agents have arrested two suspects in an ongoing investigation of the recent explosion of military-grade munitions in Gulfport.

Jimmy Lee Wilson, 47, and David Eugene Bangs, 48, both of Harrison County, were arrested late Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night and face charges of possession of an explosive device, said Joel Lee, resident agent in charge of the Gulfport field office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Both men will be brought before a federal magistrate this afternoon.

"These arrests are a big step in figuring out where the munitions came from," Lee told the Sun Herald this morning.

"We are still investigating and we are confident that we are on our way to getting to the bottom of this," Lee said.

The explosion Jan. 19 on Saucier Lane in Gulfport seriously injured Dale Ray Johnson, who was released from a hospital Friday. An Army unit from Fort Polk, La., detonated remaining devices found on the property after Johnson was injured.

Federal agents earlier this week arrested Jack Wilson, a relative of Johnson, on a charge of felony in possession of firearms. Jimmy Wilson and Jack Wilson are believed to be brothers, Lee said.

SunHerald.com is following developments in this criminal case.