Mississippi man arrested in shooting case

Published 11:19 pm Monday, April 8, 2024

Mississippi officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon shortly before 2 p.m.

Lowndes County deputies responded to 525 Sand Road in Columbus in reference to shots fired. Once on the scene, deputies found one victim with a gunshot wound.

Reportedly, the disturbance started off as a verbal argument and then led to shots being fired from a 9mm handgun. The victim was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and is listed in critical, but stable condition.

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During the investigation, 36-year-old Michael David Dement was identified as the shooting suspect. Dement had already left the scene before deputies arrived but was later found at his residence at 112 Mason Street in Columbus.

Dement was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with Aggravated Assault. Dement is currently being held at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance. No bond has been set at this time.

“This was an extremely dangerous situation that very well could have resulted in several deaths. There are still people out there trying to settle their differences by picking up a gun. The victim in this case is lucky to be alive. Hopefully he will fully recover, and the suspect who shot him will be held accountable,” said Sheriff Eddie Hawkins.