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Shooting suspect captured

A Vicksburg man faces charges of murder and burglary of a church after his arrest Wednesday night by police and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies.

Jason Kyle Skinner, 28, 310 Dogwood Lake Drive, was arrested after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday as he was leaving Crossway Church.

He is accused in the shooting death of Courtney Dewayne Anderson, 1415 Main St., Wednesday afternoon at a home at 3708 Halls Ferry Road. He is being held without bail in the Madison County Jail.

Skinner is expected to make his initial court appearance Saturday at 10 a.m.

Lt. Johnnie Edwards, with the Vicksburg Police Department, said another man who was taken into custody for questioning after the shooting was released and will not be charged.

According to police reports, officers responding to a call about 3:56 p.m. Wednesday that a person had been shot at 3708 Halls Ferry Road arrived to find Anderson lying on the floor of the home with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey.

Edwards said a motive for the shooting has not been determined pending further investigation. He said a shotgun was recovered at the scene, but police do not know if it was the weapon used in the shooting.

Skinner reportedly fled the scene after the shooting, beginning an hours-long search by police and sheriff’s deputies. 

About 8:30 p.m., police received an alarm call at Crossway Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 South, where officers found an open door.

Law enforcement officials surrounded the church and waited for Skinner to come out. 

Skinner left through a door on the south side of the building where he was taken into custody without incident. He was not armed, Edwards said.

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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