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Sheriff: Man shot by deputies had threatened law enforcement in the past

Signs of shooting linger at mobile home in Vancleave

A late night or early morning shooting happened at a home on Sugargate Drive.
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A late night or early morning shooting happened at a home on Sugargate Drive.

A man was wounded at a Vancleave home Monday night in an officer-involved shooting, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Ezell identified the man as William Thompson, 47, and said Thompson was armed with a handgun.

The shooting was on Sugargate Drive shortly after 11 p.m. Deputies responding to a call tried to calm Thompson down, Ezell said, and ordered him to drop the gun.

Thompson, who was living there, was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital, where he was in intensive care Tuesday morning.

Ezell said deputies had responded to the home several times over the past week and Thompson had made threats against them. Ezell said an “officer safety alert” was issued for the address because of that.

Ezell said the two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay.

A truck parked at the home Tuesday morning appeared to have several bullet holes in the front quarter panel and hood. Bloody bandages were left on the porch, along with gloves and other first-aid items. There appeared to be two bullet holes in the mobile home near the front door — one in the plastic siding and one in the wooden eave.

Everett Hines lives near the the double-wide trailer in the neighborhood off Jim Ramsay Road.

He said he woke up about 3 a.m. to get his newspaper “and this whole street was covered with sheriff’s cars.”

Neighbors say a single mother with a child lived in the home. She had only lived there for a couple of months. The land in that area had recently become available with central water and sewerage and the manufactured home was moved in.

Ezell said the shooting is under investigation.

The incident is Jackson County’s third officer-involved shooting this year. In one case, an Army veteran was shot to death by deputies on May 9. Ezell said the deputies involved in that shooting have returned back to work after an investigation showed no wrongdoing. And on Oct. 24, a woman was shot and wounded by one or more deputies after a pursuit into D’Iberville.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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