‘Armed and dangerous’ murder suspect wanted in Jones Co.

Jose Angel Melendez-Davila (Source: Jones County Sheriff's Office)

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A man wanted for first-degree murder and aggravated assault in Jones County is on the run.

Maj. Jamie Tedford, with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, said Jose Angel Melendez-Davila, 33, is wanted for an early-morning shooting that left one man dead and a woman in critical condition.

According to investigators, the shooting happened at a home on Toombs Road around 1:35 a.m. Thursday. Tedford said Melendez-Davila was the boyfriend of the woman he shot and the man killed was her son.

Tedford said when deputies arrived on the scene, Melendez-Davila was gone, but witnesses identified him as the alleged shooter and gave a description of the vehicle he was driving. That vehicle was found abandoned behind a business on 15th Avenue in Laurel.

Tedford said Melendez-Davila is armed and dangerous and should not be approached if spotted. The sheriff’s office has requested help from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to find Melendez-Davila.

Melendez-Davila is 5' 9", 200 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, Tedford said.

If you see Melendez-Davila or have any information on his whereabouts, you’re asked to call 911 immediately.