Jackson police asking for public’s help in 2018 cold case

Therese Apel

April 6, 2018: Ketra Johnson was fatally shot at a home on Keener Avenue. (Photo: Therese Apel)

Facebook live from the scene in 2018.

A 2018 photo from the crime scene where Ketra Johnson was killed on Keener Avenue.

Jackson police are asking for the public’s help in a cold case.

An email Friday from JPD did not offer any details, but said Ketra Johnson was fatally shot on April 6, 2018 on Keener Avenue. Anyone with any information regarding this incident has been asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234.

A 2018 report in The Clarion-Ledger offers some details of the day Johnson died.

The victim appeared to have been simply working on his car in the driveway on Keener Avenue when someone pulled up and shot him, police said.

Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed Ketra Johnson was the man shot to death on Friday afternoon around 3 p.m.

There were several family members at the scene, some handling the shock and grief with silence, and others mourning out loud. It’s not immediately clear if anyone witnessed the shooting.

Officers responded to a shots fired call and were having a hard time finding a crime scene until some citizens were able to direct them to the home where Johnson was lying in the driveway, Sgt. Roderick Holmes said.

A 2018 photo of the scene where Ketra Johnson was killed. (Photo: Therese Apel)

He had been shot multiple times, Holmes said, and a motive is not clear. Police are looking for a 6-foot-2, 180-pound black male, dark complexion, believed to have been sporting dark-colored warm-up clothes.

“It’s still preliminary in this investigation, and we just have very little information at this point,” Holmes said.

Police are hoping someone knows something about what happened, and encouraged the public to call in with any information they might have, however small.

This is Jackson’s 26th homicide for this year.

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