HAZLEHURST, Miss. - The Copiah County suspect that led the Hazlehurst Police on a manhunt on Monday is connected to the shooting death of a 37-year-old man who was killed in March.
Thirty-three-year-old Brandon Gilmore was wanted for capital murder in connection to the death of Eric Williams in Sharkey County according to Rolling Fork Police Chief Cordell Hughes. Williams was shot in the head at his home on Southern Avenue in Rolling Fork in March of this year.
Chief Hughes said Gilmore is the seventh person arrested in connection with Williams' murder.
In Monday's manhunt, Gilmore took off running when Hazlehurst Police officers caught up to him during a routine traffic patrol at Raja's Food Mart and Gas off Highway 51, Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley said.
"Once the officers were on scene, Mr. Gilmore took off running on feet, and he pointed a weapon at one of my officers," Chief Swilley said. "My officer discharged his fire arm twice."
That led Hazlehurst PD, Highway Patrol and the Copiah County Sheriff's Department on an hour long manhunt that ended near the Elm Street neighborhood.
Chief Swilley said that Gilmore had a woman with him at the time of his arrest.
She has not been charged with anything at this point, but has been detained. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to interview her and assist with the investigation.