MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A Moss Point man who has been on the run since allegedly shooting another man Thursday night is now behind bars.
"We are happy to have him off the streets," said Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis.
Davis said 26-year-old James Terrell Barnes turned himself in to police early Saturday morning, but it did take some convincing from his family.
"We are told family members of the suspect saw him in the news, and they turned him in this morning without further incident."
Barnes had been on the run from police for two days. Davis said it all started here in the 3600 block of Doris Circle when Barnes and another male began arguing, and that spat led to gunfire.
"As the victim was trying to leave the scene he was shot in the leg."
Tips about the shooting began flooding in from the community. Through evidence left at the crime scene and witness statements, Chief Davis and his team said Barnes was singled out as a suspect.
"In cases like this, you want to get that individual off the streets as fast as possible. You want mitigate retaliation; you want to mitigate further incidents from occurring. So, you really want get the suspect out of the community as soon as possible, and in this particular case we are fortunate enough to have him in custody within a 24 hour period, which is tremendous for the Moss Point community.
Barnes is now being charged with aggravated assault and will remain behind bars in Moss Point until his initial appearance Monday. Davis said the victim shot in the leg was transported to Singing River Hospital, treated and released.