Sheriff: Mississippian shoots husband, sets fire, hides

JAYESS, Miss. Officials said Tuesday that they were looking for a man in the rural south of the Mississippi river, after he shot and killed another man.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain said officers responded around noon Tuesday to an area near Jayess in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County Sheriff Lessie Butler tells The Daily Leader of Brookhaven, the researchers are of the opinion that Tony Wilson shot and killed Henry Peavey. Butler said that the two men embroiled in a land dispute, and that Peavey was granted the land by a ruling of the court.

“Tony’s girlfriend called and said Tony had killed Mr. Peavey and his house on fire,” Butler said.

Robert Langille, Wilson’s brother-in-law, said Wilson’s father had paid taxes on a small plot of land for years, but that Peavey had won legal title.

The sheriff said, Peavey’s wife was burned in a fire and was taken to a hospital in Jackson. Some officials said, Peavey’s wife was also shot. Langille denied that Peavey’s wife was injured.

Tribe said Wilson also set fire to a second structure.

Butler said a witness told officers that Wilson was the inside of the trailer. Deputies waited for a SWAT-team before you attempt to enter, but it was not clear whether Wilson was present.

“We have not yet laid eyes on him,” Butler said.

Tribe said the man does not seem to have fired at the officers, and the Butler said that he did not know if Wilson was still armed.


Information from: The Daily Leader,

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