Officials: Man thought to have died in hit-run incident on Mississippi highway died of multiple gunshot wounds instead

Published 6:23 am Monday, November 29, 2021

A Mississippi man originally thought to have died in a hit-and-run incident on a rural highway, now confirms the man died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s investigators have verified the cause of death for Jarriyon Davis.

Davis, 24, was found dead on Highway 84 at Lucas Nov. 14 in what was originally thought to be a hit-and-run.

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After receiving the report from the medical examiner, it was confirmed that Davis died of multiple gunshot wounds. Also injured by gunfire was a juvenile, who was airlifted to UMMC in Jackson. He is reportedly home and recovering.

According to authorities, an unidentified Walmart truck driver traveling toward Prentiss initially called 911 to report a young black male trying to flag down traffic in the eastbound median of Highway 84. As the driver slowed down, she noticed a second person laying on the westbound shoulder of Hwy 84 just before Lucas Warner Road.

No other details have been released at this time.

The District Attorney’s Office is also assisting the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department with the ongoing homicide investigation.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department at 601-792-5169.