Alleged incident was in parking garage, not in restaurant

Published 6:20 pm Friday, May 4, 2018

Vicksburg police are continuing their investigation into the events surrounding an April 28 argument that occurred downtown and received play on Facebook.

According to the online account, the incident occurred at Jacques on Washington Street, and someone had been shot, but police Sgt. Johnnie Edwards said initial investigations indicate the argument did not occur at Jacques, but at the city parking garage behind the building.

And Police Chief Milton Moore said Monday police responding to a call of a disturbance downtown found no evidence that anyone had been shot. Moore added officers were examining surveillance footage from the downtown area “to find out exactly what happened down there.”

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Officers responded to a call about an argument downtown after midnight April 28, and during their investigation talked to two people who said someone fired shots at them, but Moore said no evidence was found to verify their story.

Jacques’ owner Jay Parmegiani said despite the Facebook claim, “Downtown is safe. I’m down here six days a week. I show up at 8:45 (a.m.), I leave between 10 (p.m.) and midnight. I park in that parking garage (behind the building) all day long and I yet to experience any type of issue.”

He repeated Edwards’ comments that nothing occurred in Jacques, which is a bar, and said there was a call to police about a disturbance in the parking garage. “Now whether that stemmed from 10 South (both which he owns) or Roca or Cottonwood or any of those places, who knows?”

Parmegiani said the businesses downtown are trying to make the area a destination, and there have been no problems in the area.

“There is a police presence in the area, and anytime we have made a call to escort somebody out of the bar because they’ve gotten too belligerent, the police had been quick to respond,” he said. “They’ve been wonderful.”

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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