Crime

Father, 75, arrested in son's shooting death in Pass Christian

PASS CHRISTIAN -- An argument between family members in a convenience store parking lot Wednesday morning ended in a man's shooting death.

Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks said the man was killed by his father.

The sun had not yet risen when Pass police responded to a call of shots fired at C&J Quick Stop at Henderson Avenue and West North Street.

Darrin Scarborough, 50, was shot on the east side of the building near the self-serve ice hut, police said, about 5:20 a.m.

Hendricks said Scarborough had been arguing with his father, Arnold Scarborough, 75, when the father pulled a gun and shot his son.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Darrin Scarborough died at the scene from gunshot wounds. Hargrove had the body removed from the convenience store just before 7:30 a.m.

"This is a real tragedy," Hendricks said.

Arnold Scarborough was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. He was taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on $1 million set by Judge Diane Ladner.

Darrin Scarborough was a deputy clerk at the Harrison County Tax Collector's Office, where Tax Collector David LaRosa said he had worked since 2014.

"He got along well with everyone in the office," LasRosa said, "and he seemed to have been on the path to a very promising career here, but unfortunately, that's been cut short."

A father of five, Darrin Scarborough was a 1984 graduate of St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis.

Joe Gex of Bay St. Louis, who said he attended SSC with him, remembered him as a "standout athlete."

"He was a great track star," Gex said. "I looked up to him; he was always a very nice guy."

This was the first fatal shooting in Pass Christian since Feb. 7, when two people were killed on Davis Avenue after the Pass Mardi Gras parade.

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