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Assault With A Deadly Weapon - Suspect Wanted



January 15, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the George County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a verbal dispute in the 100 block of Richard Reeves Rd., in the Central Community. Deputies were notified that shots had been fired at a residence prior to their arrival. Upon arrival at the residence, Deputies found that an altercation had occurred, at which time a firearm was discharged. One person suffered from an apparent gunshot wound, the other person sustained other minor injuries during the altercation resulting in emergency medical service’s response. Both persons have received medical treatment and have been released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. After further investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Billy Joe Stewart (32) was charged with Aggravated Assault and remains at large.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Billy Joe Stewart. Stewart fled the scene before officers arrived and was last seen in the Central Community at the time of the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601.947.4811.

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