Man Charged in Assault on Lowndes County Deputies

Kenneth Marion Coscia
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Lowndes County, Miss. A Mississippi man has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault in the shooting of two deputies in a Lowndes County subdivision.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that 30-year-old Kenneth Marion Coscia of New Hope was arrested shortly after the incident. Coscia is also charged with one count of shooting into a dwelling.

Deputies Larry Swearingen and Clint Sims were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with gunshot wounds after the incident, which occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The two were in stable condition Wednesday.

Authorities say the deputies were conducting a welfare check in the New Hope area when they were shot.

Swearingen, a Kemper County native, was shot in the abdomen. Sims was shot in the thigh.

Meridian's Public Safety Director Bunky Partridge says Swearingen has close ties to Meridian.

"He was one of our instructors for the executive protection program," said Partridge. "He has been in Meridian probably fifteen times in the last two years. He's a good friend of ours and we wish the best for him and his family."

It was not immediately clear if Coscia has an attorney yet.

Kenneth Marion Coscia
Larry Swearingen
Clint Sims