WILKINSON COUNTY, Miss. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — A Baton Rouge shooting suspect is in custody and facing life-threatening wounds, after a spree authorities say took him across state lines.
Police said the suspect shot and arrested Tuesday morning in a Woodville, Miss. convenience store is Gerry Byrd, 28 — the same man they said carjacked and shot a 26-year-old woman an hour earlier on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.
Authorities caught Byrd after reports that he was waving two semi-automatic pistols inside the Sprint Mart on U.S. 61. A tipster told police that the suspect threatened to shoot a female clerk working alone at the time. Byrd charged an officer entering the store, prompting law enforcement to open fire.
First-responders flew Byrd to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge with gunshot wounds to the chest.
The officer involved in the convenience store shooting is on leave, per department policy. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is examining the altercation.
In the convenience store parking lot, investigators recovered an Acura sedan, which they claim belongs to the woman whom they said Byrd shot Tuesday morning near the interstate. That woman is expected to survive.
Byrd has had prior run-ins with the law. Months ago, Mississippi corrections officers released him following burglary and contraband charges. At the time he was shot, Byrd was wearing a state-installed ankle monitor.