Dispatcher offers crucial information

Published 3:16 pm Monday, August 24, 2015

When Vicksburg police were looking early Saturday morning for the suspect in the stabbing death of Mack Vaughn, they had some help from a reliable source.

Information from Vicksburg Warren 911 dispatch supervisor Melissa Trcka helped police locate, identify and arrest Bernard Brown, 50, who is accused in Vaughn’s death. Brown was being held in the Warren County Jail without bond pending an initial appearance Monday in Municipal Court.

“Once the officers on the scene determined the suspect was someone from a domestic call that had occurred earlier at the same apartment complex, I started to look for him on NCIC (the National Crime Information Computer) and see if I could find his driver’s license and get a picture that may have led to a different address,” Trcka said.

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She said desk officers at the police department were also lookingfor information on Brown, but unable to find anything different from the information she had.

When she was unable to find anything under the standard spelling of Bernard, Trcka said, she changed the spelling on his first name to Benard and found a picture of him on an ID card. Using a secure radio channel, she notified and police officer looking for Brown she had a photo and address for the car police they thought he was driving.

“I took my cell phone and photographed his photo (on the screen) so I could text it to the officer,” she said.

The officer found Brown walking on Clay Street, identified him through the photo she sent, and took him into custody.


About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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