LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones confirmed that the remains found in a burned home in Leake County Wednesday morning were those of Dylan Arrington.

His cause of death is under investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).


LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Leake County Sheriff Randy Atkinson said the suspect, 22-year-old Dylan Arrington, was believed to be barricaded inside a home on Conway Road Wednesday morning.

The sheriff said the home was currently engulfed in flames, and crews were working to put out the fire. He said the person inside the home is believed to be dead.

Before the fire, Atkinson said the suspect shot a deputy in the leg just after 7:00 a.m. The deputy was taken to Leake Baptist Hospital where he was stabilized.

One resident said he was grateful for the swift response from law enforcement.

“I’m glad they caught him, because I got my kids and my grandkids here, and I got people as my folks in Conway are here about. And Conway is my folks. And I’m glad they caught him,” said S.L. Wilder, who lives in Leake County.

Atkinson said the safety of citizens is a top priority.

“But we know we tried to get the information out to the citizens of everywhere in the cities of Lee County, and let them know that, you know, our priority is keeping them safe. And we stayed after this guy all night,” the sheriff said. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) also responded to the scene to assist the Leake County Sheriff’s Office.

LEAKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – One of the Hinds County escapees, who’s the suspect wanted in connection to a Jackson homicide, was possibly spotted in Leake County.

According to the Leake County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and other law enforcement agencies responded to the area of Roberts, Waggoner and Conway Roads Tuesday night. There were reports of 22-year-old Dylan Arrington in the area.

“Leake County Citizens, we ask that you be extremely cautious during this time. If you have suspicions of a trespasser on your property, please notify the Sheriffs Office, appose to taking matters into your own hands.  If you hear noises, see something/someone, please notify us!” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

They said Arrington could be wearing dark-colored sweatpants and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Arrington should contact law enforcement. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to Jackson police.

Arrington has been accused of killing Pastor Anthony Watts, 61, of Simpson County. Watts was a pastor at a D’Lo church.