‘Very dangerous’ Starkville teenager wanted in shooting

Authorities are still looking for a Starkville teenager suspected of shooting someone Wednesday afternoon in Columbus.

Cameron Jones, 17, is wanted for aggravated assault and is considered “very dangerous,” according to Columbus Police Department Capt. Rick Jones. He eluded capture, despite a lengthy manhunt Wednesday night in North Starkville involving multiple agencies.

Columbus police responded to a Hemlock Street residence around 3:50 p.m. to a report of a male being shot, Rick Jones told The Dispatch. He said Cameron Jones and two other suspects, all of whom are from Starkville and know the victim, came to Columbus and started arguing with the victim.

Cameron Jones is believed to have shot the victim more than once before the three suspects fled in a vehicle to Starkville.

Darren Room

CPD notified Starkville County and Oktibbeha County authorities, and an Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped the vehicle at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Highway 389 and Garrard Road. The three suspects jumped out of the car and ran, but two – Darren Hall, 22; and Christopher Harrell, 16 – were apprehended. Cameron Jones, however, escaped.

Law enforcement combed the Jackson Street/389 area between Garrard and Hospital roads but did not find Cameron Jones.

The victim was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle before being transferred to an out-of-area hospital, Rick Jones said. At press time, the victim was out of surgery and in stable condition.

Christopher Harrell

Hall and Harrell are charged with aggravated assault and are being held at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center pending arraignment. Harrell is charged as an adult.

Cameron Jones has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault in a Nov. 18 incident in which he shot five victims, including his then-girlfriend. He was out on $150,000 bond.

He was also arrested in April 2021 for allegedly shooting a man in the leg at Brookville Garden Apartments. Circuit court records do not show where he was charged on that charge.

He is described as a black male, about 5ft 5in, and was wearing all black at the time he fled the deputy.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.

Zack Plair is the editor of The Dispatch.

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