Hinds County deputies arrested Wayne Parish last Thursday for the murder of 17 year-old Charles McDonald in July. McDonald's mother was taking him to Henley-Young when he jumped out of her car and took off running. He attempted to steal a car at Performance Oil. Mr. Parish allegedly tried to stop his robbery attempt. The two struggled with Mr. Parish's gun and the teen was shot several times in the chest. Parish has not yet been arraigned and thus no bond has been set.
JPD issued this press release on July 21, 2016:
On Thursday, July 21, 2016, at approx. 12:30 PM, Jackson Police Officers responded to Performance Oil at 920 E. McDowell Rd. regarding a shooting. Upon officers' arrival, it was learned that a black male later identified as Charles McDonald, 17, had been shot multiple times in the upper torso at this location. He was transported to UMMC via AMR where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that McDonald was allegedly burglarizing a gray Lexus car in the parking lot of this business. One of the employees, armed with a handgun, approached McDonald in the parking lot and attempted to stop him. There was a struggle between the McDonald and the employee. The employee shot him during the struggle. The employee was questioned and later released. There were no other injuries reported. The Lexus car did sustain damage that was consistent with it being burglarized.
The case is still under investigation and the findings will be forwarded to the Hinds County Grand Jury for further action. The identity of the employee is not being disclosed at this time.
An interview with McDonald's family is available at the Jackson Free Press website.