GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police have a suspect in custody after a mid-afternoon search near the railroad tracks.
James Christopher Woodard, a 31 year old homeless man, is charged with aggravated assault after officers responded to a call near 29th Ave. and 19th St. just after noon Friday. When authorities arrived, they found a man suffering from serious injuries.
Police, along with Harrison County Sheriff's deputies, set up a perimeter along 28th St. just west of Hwy. 49.
That's where they chased down Woodard, who reportedly attacked another homeless man with a pipe. A K9 officer from the sheriff's department, as well as officers from Gulfport Police Department, were able to track down Woodard and take him into custody.
The victim is in serious condition at an area hospital.
A sheriff's department K9 unit assisted in the search and arrest.