For Second Consecutive Day, Shots Fired At Jade Helm Training Facility. Suspect In Custody.
One person was detained and is being questioned in connection with a report of shots fired for a second consecutive day near a Mississippi military facility where part of the “Jade Helm 15” training exercise is expected to take place.
Officials at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center told reporters that shots had been fired for a second consecutive day near the base in southern Mississippi. No injuries were reported in either incident.
Lt. Col. Christian Patterson said that at about 8 a.m. Wednesday August 5, soldiers training at Camp Shelby reported shots fired. Patterson described it as the same area where soldiers reported gunfire shot from pickup near troops standing guard the day before.
The description of the shooter was the same for both incidents: a white male in a red pickup truck, make and model unknown. The facility has been at heightened alert and all personnel are accounted for.
After hearing of the shootings, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant urged soldiers statewide to “defend themselves as necessary”.
Around noon, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officers took into custody a man they say is a “person of interest” in the shootings.
MBI spokesman Warren Strain reported that authorities took the man into custody for questioning. Strain declined to identify the man or say where he had been taken for questioning.
In a local news video (below story), the driver is shown getting out with his hands raised and backs out toward two armed law enforcement officers. The man lowers himself to his knees, lowers his arms and clasps his hands behind his back.
At around 2:15 p.m., Mississippi Bureau of Investigation reported that bomb personnel have been dispatched to the site where the suspect was taken into custody.
At around 2:15 p.m. a bomb-disposal vehicle and an explosives-sniffing dog arrived at the location where authorities pulled over the suspect. Bomb personnel had been earlier dispatched to the scene. Two long pieces of white PVC pipe were visible sticking out of the back of the bed of the suspect’s pickup truck.
The Biloxi-based unit traveled to the rural location in Perry County, east of Hattiesburg. Sheriff’s deputies suspect the pickup’s bed may contain some sort of explosive.
As of 3:15, p.m., the AP reports that officials have cleared the area where they stopped a man near Camp Shelby. The bomb squad removed a black parcel from the man’s pickup truck and took it inside the bomb disposal van before the pickup was loaded onto the tow truck Wednesday.
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