LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - All four suspects are in custody after a high-speed chase and shooting that turned into an hours-long manhunt Monday afternoon.
Authorities have now released the names of those four suspects, all of which are teenagers. Samuel Robinson, 18, of Decatur is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of felony fleeing and eluding. Jalon Shephard, 16, Jonathan Jones, 16, and Nike Talley, 17, are all from Newton. They are each facing two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. All will be charged as adults.
Robinson's bond is set at a total of $300,000. Bond for Shephard, Jones and Talley is set at $200,000 each.
This incident started as a chase on Highway 80 coming into Meridian around 2:30 p.m., when a deputy reported the car's passengers were shooting at him. The deputy was not injured, but his car was hit. The chase ended at East Mississippi State Hospital.
Authorities say two suspects were caught near the Paradise Food Mart at 20th Street and State Boulevard. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Meridian Police Department, Marion Police Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol all searched the area for hours. A third suspect was found hiding under a house on Westgate Hills Drive a little before 4 p.m.
Just after 5:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says the fourth suspect was taken into custody. An MDOC officer recognized the suspect's name and was able to locate him in Newton County. He's being brought back into Lauderdale County.
Calhoun says the suspects' names will be released soon.