Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said in the early morning hours Sunday two to four black men invaded a home on Hoy Road and shot a man to death.
"We had a Hispanic man that had been shot," said Hodge. "South Central Regional Medical Center treated the victim who was later identified as Frederico Ramirez Perez, a 28-year-old Hispanic male who died from a gun shot wound."
Hodge added the men broke into the home through a side door but he is not for sure how long they were there. Several items were taken. The sheriff said the family had every right to defend themselves.
"They came into the home at approximately 2:09 in the morning. They invaded the home - two to four black males, there was a confrontation between the blacks and the Hispanics. The result of that - guns shots were fired. The law does state that you do have the right to protect personal property."
Hodge said when the suspects left the house they ran through a nearby wooded area. Search dogs were able to pick up on the trail, which lead them to a do-rag, and at that point the trail went cold.
"We are very confident that the physical evidence that was left at the scene and witnesses' information are going to hopefully lead us to a these suspects," said Hodge.