Separate shooting deaths under investigation in Jackson County

David Mitchell, 36 (left) and Sterling Joseph Dugas, Jr., 37 (right) were arrested for two...
David Mitchell, 36 (left) and Sterling Joseph Dugas, Jr., 37 (right) were arrested for two unrelated shootings, both occurring Sunday night in Jackson County.(Jackson County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 11:53 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Sunday night, law enforcement agencies responded to two unrelated shootings in Jackson County which left two people dead.

A man died after a shooting in Moss Point, and a woman died after a shooting in Vancleave.

Moss Point Police responded to a scene on Molden Street around 11 p.m., where they found 37-year-old Kevin Hardiman on the ground next to a house. He was suffering from gunshot wounds, Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd confirms he died from. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

While detectives were questioning witnesses, 36-year-old David Mitchell turned himself in at the police station. Mitchell was charged with first degree murder and was transported to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center. His bond is set at $250,000 by Judge Keith Miller.

A separate, unrelated shooting also occurred in Vancleave Sunday night on Jim Ramsey Road. The victim has not been identified at this time, but Sheriff Mike Ezell confirms it was a domestic homicide where one woman was killed.

Deputies took 37-year-old Sterling Joseph Dugas, Jr. into custody and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Further charges are pending.

If you have any information about the Moss Point incident, contact Moss Point Police at (228) 475-1711. If you have any information about the Vancleave incident, contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at (228) 896-3000. You can also give an anonymous tip to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers as 800-787-5898 or online at

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