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Drummond Street shooting suspect surrenders to police

Bond has been set at $200,000 for a Utica man charged with drive-by shooting and shooting into an occupied dwelling during a May 13 running gun battle on Drummond Street.

Sgt. Tommy Curtis with the Vicksburg Police Department said Demarcus Dequarius Smith, 21, is the last suspect in the case, adding Smith turned himself in at the Vicksburg Police Department Monday at around 11:30 a.m.

Judge Allen Derivaux Jr. set Smith’s bond at an initial appearance in Municipal Court Monday afternoon.

Smith’s attorney, Dennis Sweet, who accompanied him at the initial appearance, said he would seek a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Sweet asked for a low bond for Smith, telling Derivaux his client was not a flight risk and had no prior criminal record.

Smith is accused of participating in the gunfight on May 13. It involved a white car chasing a small silver pickup truck, with the occupants of both vehicles exchanging gunfire.

The truck wrecked at Drummond and Forrest streets, and its occupants fled on foot.

The car left the area at a high rate of speed. Smith, Curtis said, was an occupant in the car.

Police have arrested six other people in connection with the incident.

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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