MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — A man is dead following a shooting Wednesday morning in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
The Marshall County coroner confirmed that 44-year-old Michael Smith was killed by a single gunshot.
Authorities said the victim was found outside his home on Craft Street before 9 a.m. Smith was a manager at a local Dollar Tree.
Holly Springs Police Chief Grant Glover breathed a sigh of relief after the homicide suspect turned himself in.
“The mother received a phone call, allegedly from her son, stating that he wanted to turn himself in to me,” Glover said.
He said the suspect met him at a local convenience store and surrendered without incident after he talked him into giving up.
Before he turned himself in, the search for the suspect was a day-long affair with Marshall County Deputies, U.S. Marshals, and ATF Agents combing a large area east of Holly Springs.
Chief Glover would not identify the suspect in his thirties
While no motive has been established for the shooting, long-time customer Melissa Malone said she’ll miss Smith’s outgoing personality.
“I did not know until ten minutes ago that it was Michael from the Dollar Tree. I mean a fine young man, fine young man,” Malone said. “He used to tease me every time I went in the Dollar Tree. He was helpful and it’s just a shock. It’s a shock, it’s a loss.”
Glover added that he frequently saw Smith on Craft Street walking to his job.
Glover said the suspect will be transported to the Marshall County Detention Center. It’s unknown when he will make his first court appearance.
We reached out to Dollar Tree’s media representatives for a comment but have not heard back from them.