Gulfport police chief says Monday night shooting was self-defense

Gulfport police chief says Monday night shooting was self-defense

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said the shooting that left a man dead near the downtown area Monday night was in self-defense.

Papania said the shooter was brought in for questioning, but no charges will be filed. The chief also said the shooting happened over a $20 drug transaction.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Phillip Kennedy, 37, was shot in the chest Monday night near Roberts Ave. and 25th St. Police said the call came in around 9:30 p.m.

Hargrove said Kennedy lives in Gulfport, but his home is nowhere near the shooting scene. Police said Kennedy was out on bond for residential burglary and aggravated assault at the time of the shooting.

Papania said this is the ninth shooting death in his city this year.

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