PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Perry County man who was taken into custody Sunday night for allegedly shooting a man four times has been released.
Darnell MaGee, 25, was released Tuesday after the Perry County Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office interviewed several witnesses.
According to Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith, investigators believe the case falls under the Castle Law.
"That's where a person, if they feel like their life has been endangered or being threatened by violence or by death can defend themselves at their home, and this occurred at Mr. Magee's home," said Sheriff Smith.
Sheriff Smith said the shooting happened Monday night at Magee's home. He said the incident stemmed from an altercation between Magee and Timothy E. Guinn, 35. According to reports, witnesses said Guinn had begun the altercation inside Magee's house and the two went into the yard where the incident escalated after Guinn attempted to retrieve a weapon from a vehicle. Police said Guinn was shot four times after he and MaGee wrestled over the 9 mm Ruger pistol. Guinn went to a neighbor's residence where he was picked up by an ambulance service and transported to Forrest General Hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds.
Sheriff Smith said alcohol was a factor in this incident. The case will now go to the Perry County Grand Jury for deliberation.