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1 dead, 1 in custody in Petal shooting

This is the first homicide in Petal since 2009. Source: WDAM This is the first homicide in Petal since 2009. Source: WDAM
Petal Mayor Hal Marx released this statement after the shooting. Source: WDAM Petal Mayor Hal Marx released this statement after the shooting. Source: WDAM
Raymond Eugene Armstrong. Source: Petal police Raymond Eugene Armstrong. Source: Petal police
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

One person is dead and another is in custody after an early morning domestic related shooting in Petal.

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The shooting happened around 7 a.m. at 200 Sherrill Street.

"Officers responded to a call for shots fired, and on arrival made contact with the suspect and victim," said Petal Police Chief Leonard Fuller. "We took the suspect into custody, and the victim was transported to Forrest General Hospital."

According to Fuller, the suspect was identified as Raymond Eugene Armstrong, 75. He was transported to the Forrest County Jail to be processed.

The victim, who has been identified as Ray J. Armstrong, 30, died from his injures according to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.

The victim is the adopted grandson of the suspect. 

"The victim died from multiple gunshot wounds and the body will be sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy," said Benedict.

"What we do know is it was a domestic related incident between family members that resulted in the shooting," said Fuller. "There was one other person in the house that was a witness, but that person was not injured."

Petal Mayor Hal Marx posted on Facebook after the incident.

"Tragic incident this morning. A domestic dispute led to a death. Police have the suspect in custody and are investigating on the scene. Prayers for the family," said Marx via a Facebook post.

Fuller said the charges are pending and they will be decided through the course of the investigation.

It's been eight years since Petal recorded a homicide, which was in 2009, where two occurred within one month of each other.

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