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Police: Man charged with discharging weapon after firing in air

 

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man is charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits after he shot his gun in the air two times Wednesday night on Homochitto Street, Natchez police officials said.

Lejarius McGuire faces a charge of discharging a firearm in the city limits and was in custody Thursday pending his arraignment and bond setting.

The city ordinance of discharging a firearm in the city limits carries a penalty of 15 days jail and a fine upon conviction. Police said additional charges might be pending.

The incident occurred when Natchez police officers said they received a call Wednesday night from a woman who was following a vehicle she believed was being driven by an impaired driver in the vicinity of Duncan Avenue.

Once the vehicle turned on Duncan Avenue the caller said she turned around and headed back home.

“While driving home she noticed that the vehicle she had been following was now following her,” the police report states.

Police said they advised the woman to drive toward John R. Junkin and to pull over at the Donut Shop where an officer would make contact with her.

“Before officers could arrive, the driver of the vehicle that was following her had followed her to the Donut Shop,” the police report states, “so the caller then left heading on Homochitto Street toward town when the suspected impaired driver passed her and cut her off.”

The woman said she put her vehicle in reverse and turned around and in her rearview mirror she saw the suspect walking toward her with a gun in his right hand.

“She advised that he pointed the gun in the air and fired a shot,” the police report states. “The caller then fled and headed to the sheriff’s department where officers met up with her.”

Meanwhile, an Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in the area and made a traffic stop on the suspects’ vehicle, and police said the driver was identified as Lejarius McGuire.

“Officers met Mr. McGuire at the scene where McGuire advised that he noticed a white vehicle following him for approximately four blocks,” the police report states. “He advised he turned around to see who it was and started following the vehicle to make sure it wasn’t someone trying to cause him bodily harm. Mr. McGuire advised he was in fear for his life because several of his friends had been killed over the years. He advised that he followed the vehicle and cut it off and fired two shots in the air.”

Police remind people that when calling in a crime your safety is paramount.

“If you feel that you are in danger, immediately seek law enforcement assistance and never confront a suspect,” the police report states.