Man sought on murder warrant now faces federal firearm complaint

Diamonte Deron Scott
Diamonte Deron Scott

A fugitive arrested in South Mississippi on a Lauderdale County murder warrant is now held for federal marshals on a firearm complaint.

Diamonte Deron Scott, 24, was found Sept. 5 in a rental car that smelled of marijuana and had a double-barrel pistol in the glove box, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

He was wanted in the recent fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman and the attempted murder of a man. Both were shot.

Scott was also found with two cellphones, a large sum of money, several gold chains and a Samsung tablet, the affidavit said. The document is the sworn statement of a Harrison County deputy sheriff assigned to a DEA Task Force and the Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group.

Scott said he was innocent and denied he had committed any crimes, the task force agent said in his affidavit.

Investigators found pictures of Scott with the gun in the car’s glovebox, the agent said.

Scott is a felon, convicted of a burglary in Lauderdale County on Nov. 17, 2009. He received a four-year prison sentence with the prison term suspended in lieu of four years of probation.

He was being held at the Harrison County jail for extradition to Lauderdale County but was released to federal marshals Wednesday.

A criminal complaint alleges he is a felon in possession of a firearm. Hearings in federal court are pending.

The task force agent and a Harrison County sheriff’s investigator had been informed Sept. 4 that Scott was listed as a fugitive and could be on the Mississippi Coast, the affidavit said.

Leads indicated Scott had been seen on U.S. 49 in Gulfport and was traveling in a black Ford Focus. Investigators found the car on U.S. 90 in Biloxi and followed it as the car turned onto Interstate 10 and headed east. They requested help from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Gautier Police Department.

The driver turned south on Gautier-Vancleave Road and was pulled over in a traffic stop. Officers reported they smelled marijuana and found Scott in the front seat.

Scott’s girlfriend reportedly told officers they were on vacation and had a hotel room at Motel 6 in Gulfport. She said they didn’t have identification, so they had rented the car in the name of someone else and had rented a room in the name of Scott’s brother, the affidavit said.

His girlfriend agreed to a search of the hotel room, the document said.

The woman and their driver denied knowing about the gun and were released without charges.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews