Mother: Man accused of biting Jackson County deputy feared for his life

Frederick Bowman
Frederick Bowman

The family of a Jackson County man said he ran from deputies because he feared for his life. He was arrested Monday for biting a deputy and leading officers on a vehicle pursuit.

Frederick Pratt Bowman, 27, of Lamey Street, surrendered to Harrison County deputies Monday after eluding Jackson County deputies in the car chase, an official said.

Bowman’s mother, Sherry Bowman, said Tuesday her son was frightened when he realized one of the deputies who showed up when he was pulled over had been involved in the deadly May 9 shooting death of his brother Christian Bowman.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell confirmed Tuesday evening a deputy who arrived for backup on Frederick Bowman’s stop had also been at the fatal shooting.

“But that is all we are going to put out,” Ezell said.

Sherry Bowman said deputies had “brutally” beaten Christian Bowman at a motel, then shot and killed him, though Ezell said no criminal wrongdoing occurred. Radio traffic captured what happened in the deadly shooting.

Frederick Bowman has been transferred from the Harrison County jail to the Jackson County jail. He is being held on charges of felony simple assault on a police officer and fleeing arrest. He remained jailed Tuesday.

A deputy was patrolling around the Citgo gas station on Lemoyne Boulevard about noon Monday, an official said, when he noticed Bowman get out of his car and into another man’s car. The deputy became suspicious when he pulled into the station and saw Bowman get right back out of the other man’s car and jump into his, an official said.

Bowman and the other driver immediately left.

The deputy followed Bowman until he reached Ocean Air Apartments on Lemoyne Boulevard and saw him trying unsuccessfully to punch in the code to open a security gate at the complex, officials said. When Bowman started to back out and leave, the deputy stopped him.

The problems started when Bowman refused to get out of his car.

When deputies tried to pull him out of the car, an official said, Bowman bit a deputy’s forearm. The bite did not break the skin.

After the alleged assault, Bowman drove away. Deputies lost him at Lemoyne Boulevard and Lamey Bridge Road in D’Iberville.

Bowman’s family said he turned himself in at the Harrison County jail because he was afraid to be in Jackson County.

The investigation is ongoing. No serious injuries were reported.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45