Arrest Made in Shooting Incident

The Meridian Police Department has charged a local man with shooting into an occupied vehicle Nov. 13 and injuring the driver.

Detectives say 39-year-old Michael Dewayne Payne of Meridian is also charged with aggravated assault, and felon in possession of a firearm. Bond was set at $50,000 on each charge, totaling $150,000.

Police say the charges stem from an incident that happened near the intersection of Highway 39 North and North Hills Street.

Payne is accused of causing a collision there and firing when the other driver stepped out. The second driver was struck twice by gunfire, officials say, but the wounds were not life-threatening.

Capt. James Sharpe said the victim was treated at a local hospital and was later contacted by law enforcement officers.

Payne left the scene and officials say he almost immediately turned himself into Meridian police, who say their investigation revealed that Payne felt that the victim had been following him.

The case against Payne will be presented to the March 2010 session of the Lauderdale County Grand Jury.

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