July 22, 2023

Teens Arrested After Breaking Into Stone County Deputy’s Home While He Was There, Shooting At Him

Morgan Howard

Two Hattiesburg teenagers are in custody following a series of events.
According to the Forrest Co. Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle stolen from Hattiesburg early Saturday morning was recovered in the southern end of Forrest County after it became disabled.
A short time later two teenagers, in proximity to where the disabled vehicle was found abandoned, decided to attempt a home invasion not knowing that the home belonged to a Stone County deputy who was at home at the time.
After being confronted by the deputy while they were inside his house, the teenagers fled, and as they were fleeing, one of them shot at the deputy. The deputy was not struck and he did not return fire.
He detained the other juvenile, who was unarmed until Forrest County deputies arrived.
Moments later, Forrest County Constable Tommy Cook, driving north of Highway 49 stopped to see how he could assist and reported observing the second suspect walking south on Highway 49 a short distance away.
That suspect was taken into custody without incident and a firearm was recovered.
Both the 15- and 17-year-old are being held in the Forrest County Adult Detention Center charged currently with home invasion of an occupied dwelling.
The abandoned vehicle is being processed to determine if the juveniles are associated with it. As the investigation continues additional charges may be forthcoming.

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