Jackson County

Wife cleared in Biloxi fireman's shooting death

R. Moore
R. Moore

JACKSON COUNTY -- A Jackson County grand jury has cleared the wife of Biloxi firefighter of any criminal wrongdoing in his shooting death.

No criminal charges will be filed against Michelle Moore in the Aug. 26 shooting death of her estranged husband, Biloxi firefighter Richard Lewis "Ricky" Moore, 45.

"The grand jury considered the facts of this case, and one issue was self-defense," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "Their decision to issue a no true bill means they found that there was not sufficient proof of criminal wrongdoing."

Jackson County deputies responded to a report of domestic dispute at the couple's home in the 1100 block of O'Neal Road in Vancleave the day of Ricky Moore's death.

At the time, Deputy Coroner Jason Moody said Moore was found on the floor of an office, dead of a gunshot wound.

The death was ruled a homicide and Michelle Moore was brought in for questioning but never charged.

A homicide is a killing of a person by another, but is not necessarily a murder.

Law enforcement agencies sometimes ask for a grand jury to look at evidence to determine if any arrest should be made or the shooter should be cleared of wrongdoing.

Moore had been a fireman in Biloxi for 24 years and also worked as a paint contractor.

Robin Fitzgerald, Sun Herald reporter, contributed to this report

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