Watch for White GMC SUV with tag F396 NF.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and pictures.
Suspect Sought in Castlewood’s Drive By Shooting and Suspicious Death
On Friday February 24, at approximately 5:00 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a woman who stated that she had been shot while jogging along Castlewood’s Blvd. During the investigation the victims stated that a white male with facial hair driving a small white SUV shot her from his driver’s window striking her in the thigh.
On Friday February 24, at approximately 4:20 p.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a request to do a welfare check on a resident at Vineyards Apartments off of Vine Drive near Castlewood’s. A deputy along with a family member found the 30 year old female deceased inside the apartment. The deceased victim’s vehicle, a white 2012 GMC Arcadia SUV was missing. The victim’s boyfriend, 28 year old, Alex Bridges DEATON is being sought in connection to her missing vehicle, missing phone and the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.
Due to DEATONS physical description, the description of the white SUV missing from the deceased victim, the proximity of the two incidents, and physical evidence collected at the Castlewood’s Boulevard shooting, Alex Bridges DEATON is a suspect in both incidents. Warrants are being issued for DEATON and we are actively searching for him with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
Alex Bridges DEATON is believed to be still driving a white 2012 GMC Acadia bearing Mississippi Nurses Foundation Tag Number F396 NF.
Anyone with information that leads to arrest of Alex Bridges DEATON would be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward. If you have information to help in this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online through the Web Tip link on the home page of the Central MS Crime Stoppers website or use your mobile device or computer to submit a tip by going to www.P3tips.com.
This investigation continues.
Update: Rankin County Coroner David Ruth said the deceased woman Heather Robinson. This picture of Ms. Robinson and the suspect is on her public Facebook page.