Man faces charges after drive-by shooting, multi-county chase

Man faces charges after drive-by shooting, multi-county chase
Thomas McLaurin faces multiple charges after a multi-county chase ended in Clarke County. (Photo source: WTOK)

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A man is facing numerous charges after a drive-by shooting in Laurel and a chase through four counties on Tuesday afternoon.

Laurel police said the drive-by shooting happened Tuesday afternoon on 16th Avenue. Police Chief Tommy Cox said no injuries were reported, but a nearby business was hit by a bullet.

A Laurel business was hit by a bullet Tuesday.
A Laurel business was hit by a bullet Tuesday.

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp told our sister station WTOK in Meridian that the suspect’s vehicle was spotted by Jasper County deputies. The man reportedly fled when deputies tried to pull him over, with the suspect’s vehicle reaching speeds over 100 mph on highways and county roads.

Kemp said the suspect eluded authorities and tried to hide out in Shabuta before being located again. WTOK reported that the chase finally ended when the suspect’s car crashed at the intersection of County Road 270 and County Road 250 in Clarke County.

Authorities arrested 21-year-old Thomas E. McLaurin of Bay Springs. Kemp said McLaurin faces numerous charges, including two counts of assault on an officer, felony fleeing and shooting charges in Laurel. It is believed that he got rid of the gun during the chase.

Pine Belt authorities told WDAM Tuesday that two people were in custody and more arrests are possible.

Officials are expected to release more details on the incident Wednesday.

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