Man killed in Monday evening shooting near West Stiers Lane

Published 11:57 pm Monday, December 17, 2018


NATCHEZ — Natchez police investigators and Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a Monday night shooting that killed a man in Natchez.

The incident was reported approximately 9 p.m. Monday at 581 W. Stiers Lane, and Adams County Coroner James Lee reported Don Owens, 29, dead on the scene at 10:10 p.m.

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Blue and red lights flashed from police cruisers and ambulances in front of the small white house atop a hill as investigators worked the scene, going back and forth up the driveway alley between two houses

The driveway was cordoned off with crime scene tape, and neighbors stood outside watching as the investigators worked.

“We have a joint investigation going,” said Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong who was heading up the investigation. “We have talked to several people and plan to talk to more.”

If the shooting death is determined to be a murder and not an accidental shooting, it will be the 12th murder in the city this year.

“This is crazy, and we need help in this city,” Lee said. “God be merciful is all I can say tonight. We need help.”