Shooting Leaves Man Dead - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

UPDATE: Shooting Leaves Man Dead

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PETAL  --  A Tuesday afternoon shooting leaves one man dead and another behind bars.

Police responded to 4 Eastover Blvd. near Petal around 3:15 Tuesday.  They found Jack Dean, Burns II, 39, with two gunshot wounds to the chest. Burns was transported by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police arrested Ronnie Pitman, 39, of Hattiesburg. He is charged with murder.  The shooting may have been caused by a domestic altercation according to police.  The investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE:  Pitman has been released from prison pending action by a grand jury. Police will present the case, and the jury will decide whether to indict him on charges ranging from manslaughter to murder or drop the case.

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