Hattiesburg police arrest suspect in Christmas Eve murder


HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Police have arrested a suspect in the Christmas Eve murder of Hattiesburg man.

Authorities say Chance Nicholas Smith, 19, of Brookhaven is now in jail charged with murder. Police arrested him on Christmas night in connection with a shooting at the Pineview Apartment Complex on Country Club road.

Elester Sartin, 22, of Hattiesburg was announced dead on arrival at Forrest General Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds.

Police say they know no motive for the shooting, and neither the victim nor the suspect lived at the apartment complex.

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