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Suspect arrested in death of Tippah County man

TIPPAH COUNTY, Miss. -- Authorities have made an arrest in the death of a Tippah County man Wednesday evening.

WREG has confirmed 48-year-old Thomas Bozek was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Ronnie Brock.  He was also given a $100,000 bond.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Brock was shot and killed outside his home on County Road 611 just outside Ripley.

"When he fell over I asked him what's wrong. He said 'I've been shot.' Those were the last words he said."

Michael Brock spoke with WREG's Shay Arthur about the last few moments he had with his cousin.

"He was a good person. He was a good person. He was like a brother to me," he said.

thomas-bozekHe told WREG Ronnie called police before the pair showed up at his house. He knew they were coming for the lawnmower. But before deputies could get there, Ronnie saw the pair trying to take the piece of equipment from his shed to load into a trailer.

"It was his lawnmover," Michael explained. "They've been split up."

"He shoots up in the air to tell them they ain't gonna steal his lawnmower and the guy shoots at us twice, hits Ronnie once," he added.

Michael said Ronnie wasn't targeting anyone, instead his wife's coworker was targeting him.

"As Ronnie was coming out the building he shot up, he was shooting at him."

Now Michael wants the man who fired the shot that killed Ronnie to face charges.

"It didn't have to end like this. It didn't have to end like this."

No one else was hurt in the exchange.