Two held for firing gun in city

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 1, 2015

Two men accused of firing a gun inside the city limits were held without bail Saturday.

Willie Travontae Odoms, 19, and Tramorris Galvin, 20, were arrested early Saturday morning and charged with violating a city ordinance for discharging a firearm in the city limits, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

“It’s a very dangerous proposition to be firing a weapon inside the city limits. It shows total disregard for the safety and wellbeing of citizens who live in this community,” Armstrong said.

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The two men are accused of firing the gun shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1900 block of Baldwin Ferry Road near Hope Street, Armstrong said. A gun was recovered during their arrest, he said.

“We received a call about a gunshot in that location, and we were given a description of a vehicle,” Armstrong said.

City officials announced last year that they would have a zero tolerance policy for gun offenses in the city. Discharging a firearm is against city ordinance, but no punishment is listed in the ordinance. It was unclear what punishment Odoms and Galvin would face if convicted.

While calls of shots fired are frequent, an arrest for discharging a firearm in the city is rare, Armstrong said.

He encouraged residents who hear gunshots or witness gunfire to call emergency services.

“Please call 911 and give a description of the vehicle and person. You’re information will be kept confidential,” he said.

Odoms and Galvin are set to appear Monday in municipal court.


City man held for auto burglary

A Vicksburg man was held in Warren County Jail Saturday on an auto burglary charge.

Walker Biedenharn, 24, 1333 Chambers St., was arrested at his home by Warren County sheriff’s deputies and booked into jail Friday, jail records show.

No bond was set.


City man held for parole violation

A Vicksburg man was held in Warren County Jail Saturday for a parole violation.

Willie Smith, 56, 712 Poplar St., was arrested Friday and booked into jail, records show.

Smith absconded supervision by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a shoplifting charge, according to the agency’s website.