1 dead, 1 charged in Covington Co. shooting

1 dead, 1 charged in Covington Co. shooting
Devontae Easterling/Photo credit: Covington County Sheriff's Department

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Simpson County man is dead, and another is behind bars facing a murder charge after a shooting in Covington County.

Covington County deputies responded to a report of a man being shot on Aug. 18 around 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Jamesville Road and found Joshua Lee McDonald, 27, suffering from a gunshot wound.

"When deputies got on the scene, they found McDonald in a vehicle slumped over the driver's side into the passenger's said," Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith said. "He was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the neck."

Joshua Lee McDonald. Source: McDonald Family

After that, Smith said his department contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for assistance in the case.

"Later that evening, we located a witness that was supposedly in the car when the shooting happened," Smith said. "That witness named Devontae Easterling as the shooter and from there we starting working to find him."

According to Smith, Easterling's mother contacted the sheriff's department and said that her son wanted to turn himself in.

"We went to get him, a search was made of Devontae and we found a 9 mm pistol in his back pocket, that caliber matched the gun that was used in the shooting," Smith said. 
Devontae Easterling, 24, of Covington County, was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder, according to Smith.

"The investigation is still ongoing and we really need anyone with any other information to come forward and help us out in this case," Smith said.

If you have any information, contact the Covington County Sheriff's Department.