Homeless man struck another man with a lead pipe, Gulfport police say


A homeless man is in custody for an assault with a lead pipe at a homeless camp just west of U.S. 49, Gulfport Police Sgt. Josh Bromen said.

Police received a call about 12:21 p.m. Friday and were told a man had called a relative, saying he had beaten someone with a lead pipe and he thought the man was going to die. Police weren’t sure at first where the call had come from, but they found the campsite near 30th avenue and 28th Street and the injured man.

James Christopher Woodard, 31, tried to flee the scene, but a Harrison County K9 unit apprehended him, Bromen said.

The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and was in serious but stable condition, he said.

Woodard was taken into custody in less than an hour.

Officials had stationed patrol cars around the wooded area to make sure Woodard was unable to get away. One of the most noticeable areas was near the Dairy Queen on Pass Road.

The campsite is near the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks.

Woodard was arrested on an aggravated assault charge, Bromen said. He is held at the Harrison County jail on a $100,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews