VPD investigating incident at downtown restaurant

Published 6:52 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said investigators will be examining surveillance videos from the downtown area to determine what occurred during an apparent argument Saturday at Jacques’, 1306 Washington St.

Moore met Wednesday morning with the restaurant owner to discuss some unrelated complaints involving the restaurant.

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Police were called to the business about an altercation sometime after midnight Saturday. Reports of the incident appeared on Facebook claiming someone was shot during the incident. 

“The stuff on Facebook is totally different from what we’re getting,” Moore said. “Nobody was shot. It was rumored somebody may have been shot at the restaurant, but we’re not sure if that’s true or not. We didn’t find any evidence of that.”

He said officers responding to the call talked with two people who claimed someone shot at them, but there was no evidence that occurred.

“We’re going to be pulling some recordings to find out exactly what happened down there,” Moore said.

The call to Jacques’ was the second time in more than a week police were called to a local business about a disturbance.

April 22, police were called to the Tree House Cafe, 1837 Cherry St., after a woman struck another woman in the head with a bottle. Moore said he talked with the owner of the cafe about the incident.

Moore’s meetings with the Jacques’ and the Tree House owners are part of an effort by city officials to reduce problems affecting city restaurants and bars.

Earlier this year, city officials closed down the Klondyke, 100 North Washington St., for a day in February after a man was shot in the business’ parking lot.

L.D.’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1111 Mulberry St., was closed Dec. 24 after five people were wounded in a shooting at the business. The business’ lounge area was closed for four days, and reopened after the owner signed a memorandum of understanding with the city outlining new security measures.

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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