Charges upgraded for man accused of shooting his wife in St. Martin
JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Charges have been upgraded against the man accused of shooting his wife multiple times Thursday morning before barricading himself inside a St. Martin home.
Vinet Williams Moore, 41, is now facing a charge of attempted murder. Initially, he was charged with domestic violence aggravated assault. The charges were upgraded Friday after investigators met with County Court Judge Mark Watts.
Moore surrendered Thursday after a seven-hour standoff with deputies outside his estranged wife’s St. Martin home. Jackson County Mike Ezell said the suspect and his wife were arguing at the home on Brookstone Drive when Moore fired multiple shots at the woman.
When deputies arrived, they exchanged gunfire with the suspect as they worked to safely remove the woman from the house and into an ambulance.
Still armed, the man then went into the house where their two children were. The two teenagers, ages 15 and 9, were able to get out of the home through a window, said authorities.
Deputies and investigators spent hours Thursday working to get the man out safely. After seven hours, Moore surrendered and was taken into custody.
According to a family member of the victim, Moore has a history of domestic violence incidents.
The woman was initially taken to Singing River Health System’s Ocean Springs hospital, then was flown to USA Trauma Center in Mobile.
Sheriff Ezell says since the deputies fired their guns, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is involved in the case.
He is currently being held in Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond. Moore is set to appear before Judge Watts on Monday, Sept. 13.
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