Mississippi Gunman Murders 4 People, Later Dies After 4-Hour Standoff
May 1, 2022
GULFPORT, Mississippi—Four people were murdered and the gunman is dead after a four-hour standoff with police on Wednesday in Gulfport.
Authorities said the incident began around 9 a.m. on April 27 when three people were fatally shot at the Broadway Inn Express located on Walmart Lane near Highway 90 in Biloxi, reports The Police Tribune.
The daughter of the motel employee told WLOXthat there was an argument about money that escalated and became violent.
32-year-old Jeremy Alesunder Reynolds fatally shot the motel’s owner, 51-year-old Mohammad Moeini. Reynolds also shot 61-year-old Laura Lehman and 55-year-old Chad Green who both lived and worked at the motel, according to The Police Tribune.
Reynolds fled the motel and then carjacked and shot 52-year-old William Waltman, reports WLOX.
Waltman was a public works employee. He was transported to the hospital where he later died during surgery.
Reynolds barricaded himself at Canal Grocery convenience store with hostages and a four-hour standoff ensued.
“He was barricaded in an office in the back of the building,” Gulfport Police Chief Adam Cooper told WLOX. “He had sealed up the area around the doors so nothing could get in.”
After negotiations failed, officers fired tear gas into the store and later found Reynolds dead inside. There were no visible wounds on Reynolds and authorities believe he died from smoke inhalation.
Reynolds has a long criminal history in Gulfport and Harrison County. WLOX News learned that since 2015, Reynolds was arrested at least ten times with charges ranging from traffic violations and drug charges to assault and armed robbery.