Suspect killed by authorities after possibly setting house on fire

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Scene of house fire (Photo Source: Sarah McGee)

Neshoba County’s sheriff says a man who may have set his own house on fire was killed by law enforcement after pointing a gun at first responders.

The victim has now been identified as Charles Nichols.

Sheriff Tommy Waddell said the man pointed a gun in their direction when they tried to arrest him. The suspect was shot and later died.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.


A witness says a man set his own house on fire in Neshoba County Thursday morning.

The fire happened on Road 836 in the Burnside Community. Surrounding houses were evacuated.

A witness says the man was holding a gun on firefighters and not letting them onto his property. No one is reported to be on the property but the suspect.

Several law enforcement agencies are on the scene. The coroner has also been called to the scene.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also on the scene.