According to Sheriff Bubba Nix, in the early morning hours of May 18, Deputy Jody Windham was patrolling the area near a night club located on Mississippi Highway 404. Dispatch alerted Windham to reports of a shooting at the club, but before he could respond, Nix said he was struck head-on by a passing vehicle.
Nix said the traffic accident investigation was being handled by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
According to Tony Dunn, public affairs officer for the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol’s Troop D, troopers were dispatched to an accident on Mississippi 404 at 2:21 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.
Dunn said a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department cruiser, a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Windham was traveling west on Mississippi 404, headed to a complaint call at a local club in the area.
Dunn said another vehicle, driven by a person he identified as Jaylon Pittman of Grenada, was traveling east in a 2001 Nissan Maxima. The driver traveled into the westbound lane and collided head on with Windham.
“After impact both vehicles ended up on the north side of Mississippi 404 in a ditch,” Dunn said.
Dunn said while both vehicles were in the ditch and off the roadway, another vehicle, a 2003 GMC Envoy, also traveling east and driven by a man he identified as Tremarcus Reece, 22, of Grenada, veered off the roadway to the left, and collided with both vehicles in the ditch.
“Deputy Windham went by private vehicle to Tyler Holmes Hospital with minor injuries,” Dunn said.
Dunn said Pittman, 23, along with two passengers Desmond Tillman, 25, and Jamarkus Hayes, 22, all from Grenada, went to Grenada Lake UMC Medical Center with minor injuries. Dunn said Reece went to Grenada Lake UMC Medical Center with minor injuries by private vehicle as well.
The accident is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Sheriff Nix said there was a shooting reported at a local night club located on Highway 404W, however, no victims or witnesses were at the scene when officers arrived.
Nix said after the accident, he called area hospital seeking information about the crash. Nix said he learned of two shooting victims that were being treated at the hospital. Nix said officers have not yet interviewed the two shooting victims as of Wednesday morning, and he could not be sure the shooting was related to the reports from Duck Hill.
Nix said no connection has been made linking the alleged shooting and the accident.
Nix said the investigation is ongoing, as investigators continue to seek answers in the case.