Rolling Fork man dies after shooting; suspect jailed

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 4, 2000

One Rolling Fork man died early Monday of a gunshot wound and another was charged with manslaughter.

Gary Schaefer, about 40, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Sharkey County Coroner Ola Mae Holmes.

Police Chief Eugene Bell said Jonah Myrick, 519 Delta St., was in the Sharkey County Jail.

Bell said police were called to Myrick’s Delta Street apartment at 1:22 a.m.

He said investigators were told Schaefer’s ex-wife, Marie Schaefer, was at the apartment when Schaefer broke in and began chasing Myrick around the apartment.

Myrick pulled a Ruger .222-caliber rifle and fired at Schaefer, Bell said.

The chief said the case was still under investigation.

Holmes said she is withholding a final ruling on Schaefer’s death pending the results of an autopsy planned in Jackson Monday night.

Glenwood Funeral Home will have charge of services.