Jackson man killed after attack with hammer in Utica

Published 11:14 am Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Jackson man died Monday in Utica after being shot by a man attempting to stop a beating with a hammer, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department said.

At about 6:05 p.m., Jerome Freeman, 49, 3721 Thomas Jefferson St., was working at a construction site across the road from 31016 Mississippi 18, where Bennie Davis, 55, and his son-in-law, Zachary Ragusa, 24, both of Utica, were working.

Freeman crossed the highway and asked to borrow a hammer, investigators said.

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Ragusa handed a hammer to Freeman, who then struck Ragusa in the head and continued to hit him with the hammer all over his body, investigators said.

Davis got a handgun and fired over Freeman’s head and told him to stop.

After Freeman didn’t stop, Davis fired toward the men, investigators said.

Freeman was pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said.

Ragusa was shot in the leg and was treated and released from University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, authorities said.

No arrest was made, and the case will be sent to the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office for grand jury review, authorities said.