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Lamar Co. arrests suspect in WPA Road shooting

Lamar County has issued a warrant fro the arrest of Rodney Davell Thomas Jr. on a murder charge...
Lamar County has issued a warrant fro the arrest of Rodney Davell Thomas Jr. on a murder charge connected to a shooting in the 400 block of WPA Road Saturday.(Lamar County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 8:33 PM CDT
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LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) _ Lamar County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a suspect in connection with a deadly shooting Saturday.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Saturday night that Rodney Davell Thomas Jr. had been arrested and charged with murder.

Rigel said investigators had determined that the 26-year-old Thomas was the gunman in a shooting that left a man dead behind a residence in the 400 block of WPA Road.

Rigel said Thomas, who goes by the nickname “DJ,” was arrested on WPA Road about 9 p.m. Saturday.

The incident that led to Thomas’ arrest began shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, when a medical call had come in about a white male laying behind a residence, Rigel said.

When first responders responded, it did not take them long to determine that the man was dead and “that foul play was involved,” Rigel said.

Rigel said the Hattiesburg Police Department’s crime scene unit and Lamar County investigators responded and determined that the man had been shot.

“We determined that the male was indeed deceased, probably in his early 50′s and that the body had gunshot wounds,” Rigel said.

The victim’s name was being withheld, pending notification of next of kin, Rigel said.

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