Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green says one man was shot and killed early Saturday morning.
19-year-old Christopher Silas was shot during an altercation, that stemmed from street racing, which occurred on the East Frontage Rd., near I-55 and Eastover Drive.
The suspect, 20-year-old Deion Hicks was later apprehended by Precinct 4 officers in the same area.
Officer Green said, during Hicks arrest, an unknown suspect began firing upon Hicks and the JPD officer.
We're told Hicks suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and he was transported to UMMC, where his condition is unknown at this time.
The police officer was not injured.
At this time it is unknown if Christopher Silas and Deion Hicks were participating in the street racing.
Officer Green says once Hicks is released from the hospital, he will be charged with murder in the shooting death of Silas.
JPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for shooting at Hicks and the JPD officer.
A candlelight vigil was held last night in the parking lot of Cowboy Maloney's in Flowood. Police sources informed JJ that the pair scheduled a drag race and a wager was made. One party banged up his vehicle and refused to pay off the bet. Young Silas's Facebook page shows a young man who loved four-wheeling, his truck, hunting, and fishing. He posted on Facebook once:
"Deer season is over but I think I did pretty damn good this year freezer full and put 2 racks on the wall."
A young man enjoying life whose fate was cut too short. One police officer blamed Street Outlaws
for these drag races. He said the kids watch the show and want to try out in real life what they see on tv.
Kingfish note: There was a drag race that ended in the killing of a young lawyer in Jackson around 15 years ago. If I remember the story correctly, a 14 year-old boy took his step-dad's Viper, and went drag racing down Lakeland drive. One car ran into a vehicle that was going down the street and it burst into flames, killing a man who had found out that day he had passed his bar exam. Does anyone remember that case? News stories online are hard to find.