Sheriff: Woman shot by Jackson Co. deputy used stolen identity

Sheriff: Woman shot by Jackson Co. deputy used stolen identity

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - One person is in jail and two others are hospitalized following a high-speed chase and shooting that ended Monday night in D'Iberville. Now, the story has taken a twist.

It was first reported Kendra Lafargue Nelson, 31, of Loxley, AL was in the ICU at Merritt Health Biloxi after being shot twice by a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy. Lt. Raymond Lovell, with the Loxley Police Department, confirmed the woman shot in the chase was not Kendra Nelson.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the woman's true identity is Catrick Tasha Moye-Howell, a homeless Jackson County resident.

After news came out naming Kendra Nelson as the woman shot in the chase, the real Kendra Nelson started getting calls from friends asking if she was OK. Nelson suspected her identity had been stolen and went to Loxley police to report the problem.

Loxley police confirmed she was the real Kendra and reported the discrepancy.

Deputies said the chase started when they tried to stop a truck at the 51-mile marker of I-10, but instead, the driver took off and a high-speed chase ensued. Deputies said the truck then got off on Lamey Bridge Rd., where it struck a metal guard rail and rammed a D'Iberville police car.

Deputies fired at the truck, but it continued south until it hit a vehicle with three people inside at the intersection of Big Ridge and Lamey Bridge roads. Finally, it turned onto Bachman Rd. where deputies said Moye-Howell, 35, and Carl Daniel Young, Jr., of Mobile, AL, jumped out of the truck and started running. The officers followed on foot and more shots were fired.

Young, 31, is charged with felony fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle. D'Iberville police are also charging him with felony charges of Aggravated Assault on a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury, and felony fleeing and eluding law enforcement.

Ezell said Moye-Howell will not be facing charges in Jackson County, but she will be charged in D'Iberville. Moye-Howell is also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation, according to Ezell.

The driver of the car hit during the chase is now in stable condition at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. The two passengers declined medical treatment.

The deputies who fired the shots are on administrative leave while the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation conducts a full review of what happened.

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