JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating after a man was shot and killed on Ilano Drive.

Officer Sam Brown said police responded to the scene in the 3000 block of the road. They found a man lying in the yard with gunshot wounds. He died from his injuries.

Brown said officers were able to apprehend the suspect, James Hyatt, near the scene. The murder weapon was also recovered.

James Hyatt (Courtesy: JPD)

According to Brown, the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation between the two men. The identity of the victim isn’t being released until next of kin has been notified.

One neighbor in the area said the victim was very active on the block and that the violence in Jackson has to stop.

“Devastation and fear. There’s a lot going on in this area all the time. I knew all the parties involved in this unfortunate incident. It’s just a shame that you will lose your life with such a petty incident, over such a petty matter. Homeless vagrants, people burning your houses, there’s all kinds of stuff going on Ilano Drive,” said Valencia Hazelton.

Hyatt appeared in court for his initial appearance on Monday, February 6. He was denied bond.

Anyone with further information about the shooting can call the Jackson Police Department at (601)-960-1234 or Crime Stoppers at (601)-355-TIPS.