Mississippi Residents told to lock doors amid search for jail escapees

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On Wednesday, law enforcement officials were searching for four inmates who escaped over the weekend from a Mississippi jail that has been under federal scrutiny.

One of the inmates is suspected of killing a man and stealing his pickup truck, the Associated Press reported.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the search across various parts of the state, and at least one county sheriff’s department has advised residents to lock their doors and not keep keys or weapons in their vehicles.

The search is being assisted by agencies including the U.S. Marshals service and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

The victim, Anthony Watts, 61, was shot and killed on Monday evening on Interstate 55 in Jackson after he stopped to help a man who had wrecked a motorcycle. T

he shooter allegedly shot Watts multiple times and fled the scene in Watts’ Red Dodge Ram.

Jackson Police Chief James E. Davis stated that the suspect appeared to match the description of 22-year-old Dylan Arrington, according to information gathered by investigators.

Arrington is one of the four inmates who escaped from the Raymond Detention Center near Jackson on Saturday night.

The other escapees are Casey Grayson, Corey Harrison, and Jerry Raynes. The inmates managed to breach a cell and the roof of the facility to escape, as reported by the AP.

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones believes the men may have camped out on the roof before fleeing in different directions. Law enforcement agencies are currently searching for the escaped inmates.

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