HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A grand jury has returned a no true bill after investigating the evidence surrounding a shootout involving a Harrison County Sheriff's deputy.
The grand jury determined the deputy acted appropriately when he shot James Millard Epperson, Jr. in the leg after Epperson allegedly opened fire while the deputy was responding to a reported suicide attempt at his home.
The deputy was responding to the call on Firetower Rd. on June 26, 2016 when the shots rang out. One neighbor described what he heard that day as "a western gunfight."
Sheriff Troy Peterson said Epperson, 38, fired several shots at the deputy, striking his patrol vehicle. The deputy returned fire, hitting Epperson in the leg.
Epperson was taken into custody and treated at Garden Park Medical Center. He was later released to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. His bond was set at $100,000, and he was released on bond five days after the shooting.