Police chief says community’s help led to suspected burglar’s capture

Published 7:44 am Sunday, June 23, 2019

Natchez police said they had a burglary suspect in custody late Friday afternoon after residents called police approximately 11 a.m. to report a burglary in progress on Westwood Road.

“Upon arriving, the officer learned the suspects included a white female who fled on Westwood,” said Walter Armstrong, Natchez police chief.

Armstrong said the residents of the house said a male suspect had fled on foot in the direction of Maplewood Lane.

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Armstrong said witnesses told officers they had seen the man enter a house on Maplewood Lane and officers surrounded the house before entering.

“Upon entering the residence, officers apprehended a Jeremy Shepherd, 27, in one of the rooms inside the house,” Armstrong said. “He surrendered, and the officers took him into custody.”

Armstrong said no charges had been filed as of late Friday afternoon but he anticipated charges would be filed.

“We are still looking for an accomplice that was with him — the female at the other house,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong said input from citizens in the community helped police make the quick arrest.

“What really caused the turn of events,” Armstrong said, “was the community got involved. They gave us a good clothing description, pointed the direction he went in and we were able to go there and sure enough he was still there.

“I want to commend the community for having a watchful eye on illegal activity and calling 911. Timing is important and descriptions are also important. They did everything right in order to have safe community and a safe outcome.”