Man accused of shooting estranged wife

Published 9:44 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Vicksburg man is being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $175,000 bond charged with aggravated assault-domestic violence for reportedly shooting his estranged wife in the face Monday night.

Vicksburg police Lt. Johnnie Edwards said Milton Ray Jefferson, 61, 319 Hutson St., is accused of shooting his 31-year-old estranged wife after she refused to talk to him. The reported shooting occurred in the area of Coccaros Aly and Halls Ferry Road about 9:20 p.m. Monday. The couple had been separated about one month.

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The woman was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where she was listed in stable condition.

Jefferson’s bond was set by Municipal Judge Angela Carpenter at an initial appearance Tuesday. He did not have a lawyer and asked to court to appoint one.

According to police reports, the woman was shopping in the F&S Foodmart, 2607 Halls Ferry Road, when Jefferson apparently saw her and went inside to talk with her. She refused to talk with him, and left the store with Jefferson following her. Somewhere between the store and Coccaros Aly, he shot her.

Jefferson turned himself in at the Vicksburg Police Department about 10:02 p.m., and gave officers a .380-caliberh handgun believed used in the shooting.

In other cases:

• A green 2007 Yamaha ATV valued at $1,600 was reported taken Monday about 12:19 p.m. from the 8000 block of Fort Hill Drive.

• Two laptop computers valued at $500 each, two Amazon tablets valued at $100 each, a computer tablet valued at $100, and a PlayStation 4 valued at $300 were reported taken Monday about 7:03 p.m. from a home in the 1000 block of Pearl Street.

• A counterfeit $50 bill was reported passed about 3:12 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Casino, 1046 Warrenton Road.

• $4,000 in a safe and $500 in a drawer were reported taken about 7:13 a.m. Friday from the Quick Mart, 3600 Washington Street.

• A grey purse containing $200 was reported taken about 7:03 p.m. Friday from a car parked in the 900 block of Lee Street.

• A Husqvarna blower valued at $267, Husqvarna 14-inch chainsaw valued at $264, Husqvarna trimmer values at $264 and a 26-gallon air compressor valued at $217 were reported taken about 1:52 p.m. Friday from Crossways Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South.

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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