Mississippi police arrest teen in shooting death of Ganado man

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Oct. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

A teenager confessed to fatally shooting a Ganado fisherman over the weekend, Jackson, Miss., police said.

Authorities arrested and charged 17-year-old Shaun Brown with capital murder in connection with the death of James "Jimmy" Johnson on Tuesday, Public Information Officer Colendula Green said.

Jackson police found Johnson, 56, dead at 7:48 p.m. Sunday in a Motel 6 parking lot, 6145 Interstate 55 North.

Green said after reviewing surveillance footage, the motive is thought to be robbery.

"I think the suspect approached this victim demanding money, and that's when the altercation ensued," she said Monday.

Johnson was shot in the face, she said.

A well-known fisherman, he was visiting Jackson with his wife, who was not hurt during the shooting.

He was competing in the Bass Pro Shop's Bassmaster Central Open tournament on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. He was ranked 11th after two events.

A Jackson television station reported that after officers executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at a home on Delmar Street in Jackson, they carried out a red, hooded sweatshirt.

Surveillance footage released to the media earlier showed a suspect wearing a red shirt and dark pants leaving the scene of the shooting Sunday.

Johnson's Crossroads friends are mourning.

Carson Marek, a manager at Waterloo Rod Co. USA in Victoria, said he was happy police caught a suspect. He remembered customizing Johnson's fishing rods for every application, for every type of fish.

"Everybody was like, 'I want what Jimmy is throwing,'" Marek, 31, said Wednesday. "We're all going to miss him. He wasn't just a friend; he was my family here."

Kolby Peyton, 21, also a Waterloo Rod employee, agreed.

He met Johnson at a tournament at Coleto Creek when he was 4 years old.

"He was just a man who tried to enjoy his life and do what he loves, and (the person who shot him) took that away from him," Peyton said.

Brown had his initial court appearance Wednesday at the Jackson Municipal Court, where he was denied bond, Green said Wednesday.



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