Argument over auto repairs led to fatal Gulfport shooting, say authorities

The suspect reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after officers ordered him to drop his weapon.
The Gulfport Police Department is currently investigating a Shooting near Rippy Road and Jeff Road.
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 2:24 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 11:36 AM CST
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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - As authorities continue to investigate a shooting Monday that left two people dead in Gulfport, new details are emerging about what happened in the moments before shots were fired.

When officers arrived to the area of Rippy and Jeff roads at 1:30pm Monday, they found 40-year-old Emael Sims dead from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Police say another man, 73-year-old Ambrose Charles, was nearby holding a gun.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said the shooting began over a dispute involving auto repairs. Sims reportedly brought a vehicle to Charles to have some bodywork done. According to the coroner, it’s believed there was a dispute over the amount of time it was taking to complete the repairs. The argument escalated and Charles allegedly shot Sims.

When Gulfport Police encountered Charles shortly after arriving at the scene, officers ordered him to drop his gun and surrender. After Charles reportedly fired one round from his weapon, the Gulfport officers returned fire.

However, Switzer said none of the gunfire from the police officers’ weapons struck Charles. Instead, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said the coroner.

The bodies of both Charles and Sims were sent to the state crime lab, where autopsies will be performed this week, said Switzer.

This investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Harrison County District Attorney’s Office, and Biloxi Police Department.

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