July 26, 2021

Authorities ask for public’s help in Lee County homicide

Therese Apel

Bradley Kevin King is wanted by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with murder and considered armed and dangerous.

A 59-year-old Lee County man was killed over the weekend and deputies are looking for a suspect connected to the case.

In a Monday morning press conference, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson told reporters that on Saturday at 8:21 p.m., his office received a 911 call about a shooting in the Richmond community, about 15 miles east of Tupelo on Highway 371.

The victim, identified by coroner Carolyn Green as Randy Benson of Richmond, was shot multiple times, the sheriff said.

Johnson said the shooter has been identified as Bradley Kevin King, 54, and he may have been riding with another person who police believe could have been driving. They escaped in a newer, small gray SUV.

It appears that there was no forced entry, Johnson said, which would make sense since the victim and the alleged shooter knew each other.

When deputies assesed the scene, Johnson said it appeared that there was some type of fight inside the house that led to the shooting and that the shooter escaped immediately.

Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook said his agency had a short standoff with King when he was threatening to hurt himself a little less than a year ago on Highway 6. King has family that lives there, Crook said.

The two agencies were coordinating through the weekend, and Monroe County has also been looking for King.

King has previously been arrested in Lee County on several prior misdemeanor charges.

King is charged with murder, Johnson said. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Bradley Kevin King, do not attempt to make contact with him. Please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 662-432-2622 or 662-432-2623 or call 911 immediately.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or North Mississippi Crimestoppers at 1-800-773-TIPS/ 1-800-773-8477.

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