A standoff in south Rankin County ends in the arrest of James Morris Hebert and Victoria Kristin Moore for drive by shooting. The Rankin County Sheriff's Officer responded to a call at 409 Pinebrook Circle off of Hugh Ward Boulevard around 9:15 PM on Sunday March 20, 2016 for an individual being shot in the back. It is believed at this time the shooting may have stemmed from a possible narcotics exchange.
The victim had left the scene prior to deputies' arrival and was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The victim and a witness were able to assist investigators in identifying the shooter as HEBERT.
Investigators were then successful in locating the vehicle involved in the shooting at 172 Valley Cove in Florence. Surveillance was setup on the residence until additional manpower was available. Sheriff Bailey activated that county's SRT (Special Response Team) to assist in the search and arrest.
Once on scene negotiators were able to talk two females from the residence. One of the females was identified as MOORE. It was then determined that HEBERT was left in the residence alone. Repeated commands from law enforcement were ignored. The county's robot were then deployed to search the residence but were unable to locate HEBERT.
The decision to deploy gas into the residence was then made. Four different gas canisters were eventually deployed and the suspect still refused to come one. Eventually members of the SRT were sent into the residence and located HEBERT cowering under a bed.
A search of the residence was then conducted and a weapon matching that described in the shooting was recovered from the bedroom where HEBERT was found hiding. Both HEBERT and MOORE will be charged with drive by shooting and will be held in the Rankin County Jail without bond pending their initial appearance before County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.
My question is, what benefit did the suspect think he would gain by hiding under the bed? Isn't that the first place you learn to look playing hide and go seek as a three year old?
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