Mississippi man charged with killing friend during gator hunt says shooting accidental

Published 7:35 am Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Mississippi man charged in a fatal shooting told deputies he was hunting alligators with a friend when his gun jammed and he accidentally shot the other man.

News outlets report 53-year-old Stephen McLaurin was arrested on charges including second-degree murder. He’s set to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

A Monday statement by the Jones County Sheriff’s office says deputies responded Friday to report of a body near a bridge outside Ellisville. They determined the man’s death to be suspicious. Coroner Nancy Barnett identified the victim as 47-year-old Michael Tyson.

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The victim’s car was spotted in Laurel city on Sunday and a pursuit ended with authorities arresting the driver, later identified as McLaurin. Deputies say McLaurin told authorities he panicked and fled after shooting his friend.