Rankin County Sheriff’s Office Searching for Home Invasion Suspects
On January 26, 2017, at approximately 0200hrs, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Flowood Merit Health Hospital that a 61yoa male victim had arrived at the emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds to the legs. Deputies were dispatched to the emergency room as well as the victim’s residence.
The victim stated that he was at his residence in bed when he heard a noise at the front door, he went to the door and was met by a male wearing a ski mask. The male entered the residence and demanded money from the victim. The victim said he heard the voices of two other males speaking. The victim was then struck in the head with a pistol by the suspect. The victim was forced to open a gun safe where he keeps his weapons. During the robbery the victim was shot multiply times in the lower extremities. It appears that approximately 30 weapons were taken. The victim advised after the suspects left, he made his way outside and was able to climb into his vehicle and drive himself to the hospital.
We want to reassure the citizens of Rankin County that this was not a random act of violence. The victim was known to at least one of the suspects and was targeted because he was a firearms dealer.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office has multiple investigators working the case. The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force both are assisting in the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has developed numerous suspects and we are currently gathering evidence that we believe will lead to the arrest of these individuals.