6 arrested, 1 dead in burglary incident
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A group of inmates from the Bolivar County Correctional Facility were taken to justice court today. Among those were the six suspects charged with breaking into vehicles at Faurecia early Wednesday morning.
A group of inmates from the Bolivar County Correctional Facility were taken to justice court today. Among those were the six suspects charged with breaking into vehicles at Faurecia early Wednesday morning.
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An incident involving a Shelby man, Willie Lee Bingham Jr., 20, ended in tragedy early Wednesday shortly after 1:20 a.m.

According to Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams, the incident began when Bingham and a crew of suspects were allegedly caught breaking into vehicles at Faurecia Automotive Seating on Delta Council Road on the outskirts of Cleveland.

Bingham and six suspects fled the scene and were later apprehended by a deputy on a back road east of U.S. Highway 61 just north of Cleveland and Mom's Truck Stop.

Bingham allegedly resisted arrest and was thought to have a weapon in his hand when the deputy shot him.

Bolivar County Coroner Dr. Nate Brown said Bingham was pronounced dead on the scene.

The sheriff’s department arrested the six suspects who were each charged with three counts of felony auto burglary.

They appeared at the Bolivar County Justice Court this morning for an initial appearance.

The six suspects are: Coderick Davis, 21, from Shelby; Charles Jones, 21, from Shelby; Dequon Sims, 19, from Shelby; Darious Britt, 20, from Alligator; Jaterrian Wren, 19, from Shelby; and Jimmy Lofton Jr., 25, from Duncan.

Because the case involves a shooting by a sheriff’s deputy, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations takes charge of the investigation.

Warren Strain, public affairs director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said the investigation is ongoing and he could not go into specific details.

"We can confirm the incident involves the Bolivar County Sheriff's department," said Strain. "An autopsy has been scheduled for Bingham's body."

Strain would not release the name of the deputy involved at presstime.

Brown added the officer was likely acting in self-defense.

The Bolivar Commercial will continue to report on the incident as more information becomes available.