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Man shot dead after stabbing family members in the federal office

MCCOMB, Miss. – A Mississippi man put his mother and grandmother in a federal government office Monday and was then shot by a security guard.

Pike County Coroner Jason Jones told The Associated Press that the suspect was killed Branen Carter, 21.

Carter was at the Social Security Administration office in McComb with his mother, Anna Lee Turnage, and grandmother, Ann Carter. Jones said a family member told him Turnage and Ann Carter had an appointment there and gave Branen Carter a ride. The family came from Foxworth, approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of McComb.

The Enterprise-Journal reported that two witnesses said that there was a quarrel between Branen Carter and Turnage before the stitch.

Large numbers of law enforcement officers converged on the one-story brick building on the outskirts of McComb, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Jackson.

Ann Carter, 58, was in critical condition in the Southwest of Mississippi Medical Center in McComb hours after the stabbing, spokeswoman Tina Brumfield said.

Brumfield said Turnage was taken by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A UMMC spokesman Marc Rolph said no one with the name Turnage was on the public register of the patients. The name of a person may be denied of a patient registry for several reasons, including a request by family members or law enforcement officials.

Mississippi court records show Branen Carter was indicted in Marion County in December 2016, when he was 20, on two felony charges — one count of rape and one count of sexual battery of a child between the ages of 14 and 16.

He pleaded guilty in May 2017, after the two felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors, and he received two six-month suspended sentences, meaning that he did not have to serve jail time. The lawyer who represented him was out of the office Monday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

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