Crime

Man who shot teen multiple times arrested on murder charge, police say

Edward Earl Dubose
Edward Earl Dubose

Tyjuan Johnson, 17, of Gulfport, was shot several times in an argument Monday night and died in the Crown Hill subdivision, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

Deputies found his body in a driveway, Peterson said.

Investigators arrested Edward Earl Dubose, 22, early Tuesday morning on a murder charge.

“We know they were familiar with one another,” Peterson said.

Peterson said witnesses told investigators Dubose and Johnson had argued, which led to the shooting. What the two reportedly argued over, he said, is being withheld pending further investigation.

Dubose, of Freemont Street, is held at the county jail on a $2 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner. His initial court appearance is pending.

He shot the teenager several times as they argued in the 13000 block of Hopewell Lane, Peterson said.

Both streets are in Crown Hill off Three Rivers Road.

Peterson said a 911 caller reported shots fired in the subdivision about 11:30 p.m. Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear if Johnson also lived in Crown Hill.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove released Johnson’s name Tuesday, saying the teen had died of a gunshot wound.

Gulfport police found Dubose at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 49 in Gulfport about 1 a.m. Tuesday and took him into custody, the sheriff said.

“We believe there are other people who witnessed the shooting and we want to talk to them,” Peterson said.

Investigators were following leads to try to identify other witnesses, he said, but he is encouraging witnesses to to call the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department at 228-865-7060.

The fatal shooting is the second reported in Crown Hill in a little more than a year. A shooting on Robindale Road killed Richard Doby, 23, and wounded another man Feb. 27, 2016. It was the county’s only homicide last year.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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