Murder Charge Filed in Sunday Shooting

Henry J. Armstrong
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Meridian, Miss. Armstrong was detained by police Sunday as a person of interest, based on numerous tips the department received.
Armstrong's bond was set at $200,000.
Family members said Sunday that Wilson was involved in a violent altercation, witnessed by multiple people, with a man outside a residence in the 2700 block of 11th Street.

Meridian Police are not talking about a motive yet, but the shooting death of a local teenager on a sunny Sunday afternoon brings a great deal of emotion and speculation. But Detective Dareall Thompson says quick action with the help of the community led Meridian Police to charge a local man with murder about 24-hours after the crime.

"We have charged Henry Armstrong with murder , and also since he was a convicted felon, he was in possession of a firearm, so he was charged with that also," explained Thompson.

Officers were called to the scene in the 2700-block of 11th street near Downtown Meridian just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler confirmed 14-year old Deleon D. Wilson was shot once in the neck, and died shortly after at a Meridian hospital. Police haven't released the motive. They say the investigation led to Armstrong, but it's not necessarily over: "It's still an open investigation, so right now, I don't want to speak on if there will be an arrest, or there won't be an arrest, " said Det. Thompson. "We have to present the case to the next grand jury, and also we don't want to release it in case it goes to trial, at this time."

Officials aren't releasing much information yet about the victim. The young man lived in Meridian, but officials with Meridian Public Schools will not confirm or deny if or where he was a student. Wilson's funeral arrangements will be handled by Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in Meridian, but at this time, are incomplete.