According to Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, the Carroll County Emergency Operations Center received a call at 3:48 p.m. with a report of shots fired at the Midway Conoco service station located at the Duck Hill Exit off Interstate 55. First on the scene, Deputy David Mims discovered a man sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot, fatally wounded from a gunshot.
Carver identified the victim as Melvin Mitchell Henry, 54, of Duck Hill, and Carroll County Coroner Ken Strachan pronounced Henry dead at the scene.
Carver said a female passenger and other customers, all of whom allegedly witnessed the ordeal, were interviewed by deputies.
According to Carver, the witnesses stated that Henry was a passenger of a Delta 88 Oldsmobile, when a man, identified by Carver as Terry Lott, 57, of Duck Hill, shot him in the parking lot of the Midway Conoco.
"The victim was shot with a .22 caliber rifle," Carver said. "When our deputy arrived at the scene, he requested a coroner."
Carver said a woman, also a passenger inside the Delta 88 Oldsmobile, stated that Henry and the driver of the Oldsmobile went inside the store, and after paying for the gasoline, Henry returned to the vehicle. Carver said the woman stated that the driver of the vehicle was inside the convenience store when the shooting occurred.
"It was then that the shooter pulled up and shot the victim at close range," Carver said. "The woman stated she got out and tussled with the shooter and ran back into the car."
After the shooting, Lott then drove away from the convenience store on Mississippi 404, traveling east into Montgomery County, Carver said.
Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix said he and Deputy Jim Burton responded to a call from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center reporting that a shooting had occurred just over the Montgomery County line near Duck Hill. The two arrived at the scene, and after conferring with Carroll County deputies, headed east on Highway 404 in search of the alleged shooter.
"We were told the shooter was in a vehicle going into Montgomery County," Nix said.
Nix said at 4:36 p.m., he arrived at Lott's home, located at 237 Wilkins Chapel Road in Duck Hill, and he could see the suspect on the porch of the home.
"Going down the drive, I could see a person laying on the porch with a .22 rifle sticking up," Nix said.
Nix said he discovered Lott, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Montgomery County Coroner Karl Oliver pronounced Lott dead at the scene.
Both bodies were sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for autopsies.