Police: 2 dead in McLain murder-suicide

Police: 2 dead in McLain murder-suicide

MCLAIN, MS (WDAM) - Two people are dead following a shooting Thursday morning in McLain. Officials with the McLain Police Department said the shooting was a murder-suicide.

McLain Police Chief Donald Crager said 24-year-old Trevon Collins shot 25-year-old LeDaniel Lavon Silas while Silas was inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the McLain Express service station on East Main Street.

"The subject (suspect) tapped on the window, the subject (victim) inside the vehicle opened the door and appeared to talk for a minute or two,” Crager said. “The subject (suspect) pulled out his gun out of his hoodie pocket and fired five times inside the car.”

After shooting Silas, Crager said Collins drove about 300 yards from the building, parked and shot himself with a .22 caliber revolver.

“Upon processing this scene, we were able to get surveillance footage from the store and pretty much had the suspect identified at that point,” said Crager. “And probably 45 minutes later, another lady come across the highway screaming there was another guy laying there dead. Upon arriving at that spot… we found another black male laying there with a single shot to his head with the gun up under his shoulder.”

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Crager says both men knew each other and family and friends described the two as acquaintances.

“We’re trying to get details (on) if they have been fighting or arguing in the last few days to see kind of what progressed him to walk up here and shoot him," Crager said of Collins.

This is the first homicide of the year for the department. The incident was investigated by McLain police, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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