MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. — A man with a gun fired at two vehicles on U.S. 72 west of Slayden, Mississippi, causing part of the highway to be shut down Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities confirmed shortly after 3 p.m. that the suspect was in custody. Law enforcement officers carrying automatic weapons could be seen walking out of a house on U.S. 72. They got into an armored personnel carrier and left the scene.
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson identified the suspect as Brandon Chambers, 28, of Oakland, Tennessee. Dickerson said they did not know the man’s motive and did not know why he was in the area.
Dickerson said Chambers stood in the middle of the highway and opened fire at two vehicles around noon. The occupants of the vehicles were not injured.
One of the vehicles shot belonged to a mail carrier. The bullet reportedly came through the windshield, ricocheted off the steering wheel and landed in the mail. The other vehicle belonged to a woman driving to work — the bullet landed in her passenger seat.
The suspect then retreated into the woods and into a house. Marshall County and other neighboring law enforcement agencies searched for him with dogs, drones and officers.
Dickerson said officers noticed an open door in a nearby house. Chambers came out of that house and was arrested without incident.
The home did not belong to Chambers. Dickerson said he had burglarized at least one home in the area.