Mississippi shooting leaves 4 dead, leads to police standoff that ends in the death of a suspect, officials say

By Elizabeth Wolfe and Amanda Musa, CNN

(CNN) – A shooting in Mississippi left four people dead and led to a police confrontation with the suspect on Wednesday, which ended when a SWAT team found him dead at a local business, officials said.

Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Jeremy Reynolds, first shot dead three people at a hotel in Biloxi before driving to nearby Gulfport where he allegedly hijacked a car and shot a man.

When officers later found Reynolds, he barricaded himself inside a store until authorities eventually entered to find him deceased of unknown causes, police said.

The incident began Wednesday morning when police responded to reports of shots being fired at a Broadway Inn Express hotel just after 9 a.m., the Biloxi Police Department (BPD) said in a statement. Press.

Officers found three victims dead from apparent gunshot wounds. They were later identified as the hotel’s owner, Mohammad Moeini, 51, and two employees who also lived in the hotel, Laura Lehman, 61, and Chad Green, 55, BPD said during an interview. a joint press conference with the Gulfport Police Department (GPD).

Biloxi officers determined the suspect fled to Gulfport in a vehicle belonging to one of the victims, the BPD said.

No motive was identified in the hotel shooting, Biloxi police said, noting that it is unclear whether the suspect had stayed at the hotel or knew the victims.

In Gulfport at around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a shooting where they discovered William Waltman, 52, had been shot and hijacked by the suspect later identified as Reynolds, the Gulfport Police Chief said, Adam Cooper at the press conference.

Waltman was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead after surgery, GPD said.

When Gulfport officers found Reynolds and the stolen vehicle, he ran to a nearby convenience store, they said.

Two store employees were able to escape before Reynolds barricaded himself inside, the GPD statement said.

GPD and Harrison County SWAT teams were deployed to the scene and made “multiple attempts to contact the suspect inside the company,” according to the GPD statement. After deploying tear gas into the building, the SWAT team entered and found Reynolds “deceased under unknown circumstances,” GPD said.

No shots were fired by the suspect or police during the confrontation, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said at the news conference. A small fire was discovered near Reynolds’ body, although it’s unclear how it started, Switzer added.

Autopsies will be performed on Reynolds and the four victims this week, Switzer said.

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