Police investigating Friday homicide



A 25-year old is dead after being shot in an alley in west Clarksdale Friday morning.

Police were called to the 600 block of Catalpa Street about 11 a.m. in reference to a shooting and when officers arrived they found Robert Johnson, a black male, suffering severe gunshot wounds.

Johnson was immediately transferred to Merit Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“The shooting is under investigation and we are working on leads and we are seeking a suspect,” said Clarksdale Assistant Chief Vince Ramirez. “We have not made an arrest at this time.”

Ramirez said the shooting occurred in an alley behind Catalpa near its intersection with Herrin St. and multiple shell casings have been recovered.

Police are not releasing a motive or what may have prompted the daytime shooting in a residential neighborhood.

Ramirez has asked anyone with information about this incident to call the Clarksdale Police Department at 621-8156, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or simply dial 911. All calls remain anonymous and cash is paid to those providing information that leads to solving this crime.

Residents are reminded that Clarksdale has a 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. curfew and there are to be no public gatherings under an order issued by the city.

The shooting was Clarksdale’s second shooting this year.

Brunley McDowell was formally charged Tuesday Jan. 7 with the stabbing death of her husband following an incident at her home. She is currently in the Coahoma County Jail awaiting trial.

Clarksdale police responded to a call of a man deceased on a front porch in the 1400 block of Herrin Street Monday morning and while there were no initial signs of trauma a later examination by the Coahoma County coroner Sonny Meredith determined the man died violently.

Clarksdale recorded 12 murders in 2018 and churches and neighborhoods joined with police to stop the violence and help authorities. Clarksdale only recorded two murders in 2019, the last on was the death of Lashone Jones at the Roxy Theater on Oct. 15.



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