Jackson County

Man believed to be South Mississippi fugitive killed in Florida

A South Mississippi fugitive wanted in connection with his mother's death is believed to the same man that authorities in Florida's St. Johns County shot and killed this morning after approaching him at a truck stop there.

According to a release from the St. Johns Sheriff's Department, the man, believed to be murder suspect Rodney J. Lasseigne of Gautier, was shot and killed after he pulled out a gun on three sheriff's deputies.

Lasseigne, 52, had been on the run since July 17, 2008, when he was accused in the beating death of his mother, Juanita Gibson.

According to the Florida's sheriff's department, a deputy stopped at the Flying J Truck Stop off Interstate 95 in St. Augustine and noticed a suspicious car that turned out to be registered to Lasseigne.

When sheriff's deputies went to approach the vehicle, Florida authorities said, they saw what appeared to be a man sleeping under a pile of blankets.

St. Johns sheriff's deputies knocked on the car's window and said the man pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and pointed it at the sheriff's deputies, who then opened fire, killing the man.

The St. Johns Sheriff's Department this morning was still in the process of confirming that the man sheriff's deputies shot and killed was Lasseigne.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Sunday's edition.