Jackson County

Passenger shot after pursuit wasn’t who she said she was

Carl Daniel Young Jr.
Carl Daniel Young Jr.

A woman wounded in a shooting after a high-speed chase ended in gunfire Monday night gave someone else’s identity.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said Catrick Tasha Moye-Howell, a homeless Jackson County resident, used the name of a Loxley, Alabama, woman whose identity had been stolen.

Moye-Howell was in intensive care Tuesday at Merit Health hospital in Biloxi after being shot twice. She was in a stolen truck that had fled from deputies and was wounded as she and the driver tried to run off on foot, he said.

Ezell said several deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

It’s unclear if she was shot by one deputy or more.

The truck had been reported stolen in Mobile and had a tag stolen from D’Iberville, he said.

D’Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said deputies began pursuing the truck westbound on Interstate 10 about 8 p.m.

It exited at Lamey Bridge Road but was cut off by other patrol cars. At one point, it stopped, reversed, crashed into the front of a police car and then drove off again, Payne said.

At that point, law enforcement began shooting at it in an attempt to stop the driver, Carl Daniel Young Jr. of Mobile, Payne said.

Young, 32, drove south on Lamey Bridge Road and hit a Ford Taurus at the Popp’s Ferry Road crossing. The collision totaled the Taurus and injured the driver.

Young drove to Bachman Road, and he and Moye-Howell ran from the vehicle. Deputies pursued them, Ezell said, and shots were fired.

Three people also were injured when their car crashed into the truck as Young was being chased. The driver of that car is recovering at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.

Jackson County deputies arrested Young on charges of felony fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle. He faces additional charges in D’Iberville, including aggravated assault on a police officer; leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury; and felony fleeing.

Moye-Howell had been on probation for a felony conviction. Ezell said she will not face Jackson County charges, but she may face charges in D’Iberville and in Alabama on her release from the hospital.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, a routine procedure in officer-involved shootings in the state.

Sun Herald staff writers Robin Fitzgerald, Wesley Muller and Justin Mitchell contributed to this report.