Tempers flare on Thursday
By Jody O'Hara
Oct 4, 2012, 12:29
WIGGINS - Officers from the Wiggins Police Department were kept busy last Thursday night as a shooting and a domestic assault occurred at the same time.
First, officers were called to the intersection of North Vardaman Street and Mallett Avenue when a drive by shooting was reported.
"According to the victim, he was standing outside talking to friends when someone started shooting at him," WPD investigator Roger Freeman said. "He pulled out his firearm and started shooting back."
Incredibly, no one was hit in the exchange of gunfire.
Police are seeking unknown suspects reported to have been driving a dark Nissan Altima with Texas plates.
The case remains under investigation and and those with any knowledge about it are asked to call Freeman at the WPD at 601-928-5444.
While police were responding to the shooting, they got another call about an incident of domestic violence at 1219 Hope Ave.
Children at the residence called police after the door was kicked in.
Police arrested Joseph Varnado, a 30-year-old Hattiesburg resident, on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence-simple assault.
Varnado is still in custody at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.
He was given a $1,000 bond but a Mississippi Department of Corrections hold out of Hattiesburg has kept him locked down.
In an interesting side note, those convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault may lose their right to own or possess a firearm.
In 1996, Congress enacted the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.
The law prohibits shipment, ownership, and use of guns or ammunition by individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or those under a restraining order for domestic abuse.
It is also unlawful to sell or give a firearm or ammunition to such a person.
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