Mississippi man sticks his mother, grandmother, in federal office for security guard shoots, kills him

A Mississippi man raised his mother and grandmother in the Social Security office in McComb, Miss., Monday, and was then shot by a security guard, officials said.


A 21-year-old Mississippi man who stabbed his mother and grandmother in a federal government office was then shot by a security guard, authorities said.

Pike County Coroner Jason Jones said Branen Carter died from the gunshot wound Monday.

Carter was at the Social Security Administration office in McComb with his mother and grandmother.

Jones said a family member told him the mother and grandmother had an appointment there, and gave Carter a ride.

The family came from Foxworth, 40 miles east of McComb.

Carter’s mother, Anna Lee Turnage, and grandmother, Ann Carter, were in stable condition in the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Mississippi, the Clarion Ledger reported.

Large numbers of law enforcement officials responded to the one-story brick building on the outskirts of McComb, about 100 miles south of Jackson.

Director of Communications for the Federal Protective Service, Robert Sperling, told The Clarion Ledger that his agency has a long history of the use of armed guards to the federal authorities, the supervision.

“It is a cornerstone. We have staff in social security offices and most federal agencies in the country, such as the IRS,” Sperling said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a journalist and editor, covering sports, tech, military and geopolitical for He can be reached at

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