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Published on April 02, 2024
Suspect in Custody After Marks, Mississippi Active Shooter Incident Ends PeacefullySource: Ubsplas/Scott Rodgerson

A tense standoff in Marks, Mississippi, ended Tuesday after a man who reportedly fired shots, then holed up inside a residence, was apprehended by authorities. The Quitman County Sheriff's Department announced the resolution of the "active shooting" scenario on social media, detailing the afternoon's events which culminated with the suspect's surrender and arrest.

It began unfolding around 12:40 p.m. when the City of Marks alerted the community to an active shooter on Highway 3, known as Charlie Pride Highway, recounted officials as per FOX13 Memphis; subsequently, the individual forced his way into a house across from Trinity Baptist Church creating a standoff situation, and by 1 p.m., local law enforcement was calling for reinforcement from neighboring jurisdictions. The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Coahoma County Sheriff's Department joined forces with the DeSoto County Sheriff's SWAT team, which, according to them, intervened around 1:30 p.m. to help corral the beleaguered man.

Authorities, including officers armed with rifles, had set a perimeter around the location, which was a home situated on the 1800 block of Charlie Pride Highway according to the Quitman County Sheriff's Department social media account, as reported by WREG. A collaboration of agencies swiftly mobilized, suggesting the gravity of the moment, and by 2 p.m. the situation was diffused, with all units standing down.

The identity of the man or his motives have not been disclosed at this time, nor the details of his capture however, what is clear is the swift response by multiple agencies to quell what could've spiraled into a devastating crisis, this coordinated effort subduing the threat before any further harm could ensue, according to Local Memphis.