June 30, 2021

Man accused in shooting of FBI agent taken into custody Wednesday

Therese Apel

According to the FBI, Demario Cotton has been arrested.

Cotton was accused of pulling the trigger in the Saturday night shooting of an FBI agent during an operation in Jackson.

“He is in FBI custody,” said FBI Spokesman Brett Carr by text. “He was taken into custody by FBI Special Agents without incident this morning in Jackson. Details later.”

The FBI had offered $50,000 to anyone who could give them information leading to Cotton’s arrest and conviction, but it’s unclear if anyone will claim the reward or not.

Cotton, a validated member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, was quickly identified as the suspect who opened fire on law enforcement while several agencies conducted an operation on the Jackson streets.

The incident stemmed from shots fired call answered by a Jackson Police Department detective. Cotton, who was driving a dark-colored Yukon, was pulled over around Oaklawn and El Paso Street on a traffic stop in connection with the call.

That’s when authorities say Cotton stepped out of the vehicle and opened fire on police.

An FBI agent was hit by gunfire and taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition before being released early the next morning.

Cotton, 38, of Jackson, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint filed Monday in United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and a federal arrest warrant was issued by a United States Magistrate Judge.

Cotton is charged with one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding a federal law enforcement officer, who was engaged in the performance of official duties, by use of a deadly weapon and one count of using, carrying, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, that is assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.

Known also as Kountry Kane or Big Kountry, Cotton has several tattoos on his arm, along with the word “Thug” on one hand and “Life” on the other.

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