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Update: Alleged gunman, his father, indicted in fatal gun-shop shootout

Audy McCool, left, and Michael McCool
Audy McCool, left, and Michael McCool

The alleged triggerman in a fatal gun-shop shootout and his father have been been indicted in the slayings of a teenager and his father at their family business.

Michael McCool, 30, is charged with two counts of murder in the Jan. 23, 2016, killings of Jacob McLemore, 17, and his father, Jason McLemore, 44. The McLemores were shot to death at the McLemore Gun Shop on Mississippi 43 in the Henleyfield community.

McCool’s father, 53-year-old Audy McCool, has been indicted on two counts of accessory after the fact to murder.

The McCools turned themselves in Tuesday after learning of an indictment returned by a Pearl River County grand jury.

“We worked it out for them to turn themselves in through an arrangement with their attorney,” Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said Thursday.

Michael McCool was being held at the county jail on bonds totaling $200,000.

His father’s bonds total $40,000.

Sheriff’s officials have said Jason McLemore’s wife had been tending the gun shop when she called her husband to tell him a customer was complaining about a service charge. Their son went to the shop with him.

The McLemores, whose family has owned the business property for years, each died of gunshot wounds.

The McCools each had life-threatening wounds.

No details have been released on whether it was Jason McLemore, his son, or both who returned fire.

Because the McCools were arrested after indictment, no preliminary hearing on the alleged evidence will take place.

Jacob McLemore was home-schooled.

The family property had housed a grocery store, a video store and a convenience store with a gas pump. The building had housed the gun shop for a year or so.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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