Some victims identified in Jones County hostage standoff

Neil Newcomb
Neil Newcomb

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Some of the victims in Sunday's hostage standoff in Jones County have been identified.

Killed was the alleged shooter's daughter Michele Savell. The alleged shooters ex-wife, Kathy Laterade, and son-in-law Timothy Savell were both wounded in the shootings. Laterade was shot in the head and Savell in the face.

A Jones County Sheriff's deputy was also injured in the standoff when law enforcement attempted to enter the home at around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning. The deputy was shot numerous times and is in serious condition in an Alabama hospital.

The standoff started Sunday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. Deputies were responding to a call of shots fired at the location. When deputies arrived 62-year-old Neil Newcomb was barricaded inside the home with the victims. Also inside the home were two of Newcomb's grandchildren.

Attempts by law enforcement to negotiate with Newcomb at first were unsuccessful. They were finally able to convince him to release the grandchildren.

After the first attempt by Jones County deputies to forcibly bring an end to the standoff failed, The Mississippi Highway Patrol Swat team and an armored vehicle were called to the scene. Shortly before 5 a.m. the swat team stormed the house and found Newcomb dead from a gunshot wound. It's not known if he was shot by law enforcement or if the wound was self-inflicted.

Sheriff Alex Hodge confirmed Newcomb was a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 1997 of touching of a child or a mentally defective, incapacitated or physically helpless person for lustful purposes.

Law enforcement agencies from numerous agencies were called to the scene.

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