Murder arrest made in connection with Oct. 1 shooting

Published 12:42 am Sunday, October 15, 2017


NATCHEZ — Natchez police arrested a man Friday for murder, but the police chief would not release what part the suspect played in the alleged shooting.

Garrick Lamont Johnson, no age provided, no address listed, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and murder.

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Police have been investigating an Oct. 1, shooting in which Richard Frazier. 34. was shot and killed while in his vehicle on West Stiers Lane.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said Saturday this arrest was in connection with the Oct. 1 shooting, but Armstrong said he was not ready to say what part Johnson allegedly played in the shooting.

Armstrong said a total of three people have been arrested from the shootings that occurred all over town early that Sunday morning. Armstrong did not release the other two individuals’ names.

Suspects fired more than 130 shots from a high-powered assault rifle, with the shooting taking place between approximately 1 and 5 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

The individuals were driving around in a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, firing randomly as they canvassed the city.

Armstrong said police have extremely good video footage of the individuals who were part of the shootings thanks to businesses and concerned citizens. Armstrong said last week 10 warrants have been issued for people’s arrests.

Natchez police are collaborating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the U.S. Marshals Service, Armstrong said.

“We all know that was a very dangerous situation that took place, so we are not taking it lightly,” Armstrong said. “The community has worked with us extremely well, and we are very grateful and very appreciative to them.

“However, everyone has not been arrested yet. We will be strategizing to determine what we will do next and how we will proceed.”

Armstrong said he hoped to release more details in the coming week.

Johnson was in jail Saturday night on a $3 million bond.