An unidentified suspect remains at large after exchanging gunfire with a female concealed-carry permit holder at the Arlington Dollar General Sunday evening, the authorities said.

The Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in the case in which the suspect was fully covered and their race unknown. A second incident Tuesday evening was deemed a false alarm.




Sheriff Eric Clark reported that his office received a call on Sunday Jan. 12 around 10 p.m. of shots fired at the Dollar General off of Highway 19 north.

Clark said two individuals had exchanged gunfire outside of the store.

“(The suspect) pointed his gun at her and said ‘give me all your stuff,’’ Clark said. “I am not really sure what that means or what he thought he would get off of her but she was able to duck to cover. He fired off one shot and she returned another,” he said.

Neither person was hit and the suspect ran behind the building.” 

Clark described the suspect as a male, around 5’8” tall, wearing a bandanna mask, a black hoodie and black sweat pants. 

Authorities say they recovered a bandana and sweat pants down the road from where the incident happened. 

The suspect is believed to be in a Toyota Camry, Honday Accord or Nissan Maxima. He said the car was black in color with gold trim and featured other non standard emblems.

Deputies responded within minutes, cleared the area and increased patrols. 

Clark has described the citizen who took action as a “good Samaritan.” 

“We just want to let people know that we are working diligently to follow any leads and are working hard bring this suspect to justice,” Clark said.

Clark said they continue to interview witnesses and the incident was caught on Dollar General surveillance cameras. 

After the attempted armed robbery over the weekend, a citizen was offering to watch out for the employees at closing time Tuesday night when another customer saw a man with a weapon and contacted the authorities.

“False alarm at the Arlington Dollar General,” Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark posted on his Facebook page at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. “There’s been no robbery or threat to anyone. Tensions are high and there was a misunderstanding.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).