BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Monroe County resident Joseph Ewing, 32, was arrested Monday in connection with a shooting that took place at the SOCO Truck Stop located on Highway 45 Alt. North in West Point.
According to a press release issued by the West Point Police Department, at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday, West Point police officers were dispatched to the SOCO Truck Stop in reference to multiple shots having been fired.
Tim Brinkley, West Point police chief, said while officers were en route to the scene of the incident, Emergency 911 informed officers a man was admitted to the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point with a gunshot wound to the arm. The victim, whose name has not been released, was later found to be the victim of a gunshot wound following an “altercation” at the SOCO Truck Stop.
“The fight somehow ended up at the (SOCO) Truck Stop, and shots were fired resulting in one man being shot in the arm,” Brinkley said. “There were several people in the area when the shots were fired, and it’s amazing that only one person was injured.”
Per the release, the victim was taken to the NMMC in West Point by “friends who were on the scene” at the time of the alleged shooting.
“As far as I know, they (the victim’s friends) have been cooperative,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley said the cause and substance of the altercation were “still under investigation,” but added that it could have easily began elsewhere.
“It depends on what the altercation was,” Brinkley said. “On this one, we don’t know. As far as we know, the altercation started at another scene ... and it ended up at (the) SOCO (Truck Stop). We don’t know.”
West Point Chief of Investigations Albert Lee confirmed the altercation more than likely began outside of West Point.
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