Shots fired in chase with six Neshoba deputies

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A Neshoba County man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon in a high-speed chase with six Sheriff’s deputies in which gunshots were fired.

James Michael Franklin, 25, 10491 Highway 21 north, has been arrested and charged with grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony fleeing. Franklin is currently being held without bond in the Neshoba County Detention Center, Sheriff Eric Clark said.

“I am thankful that we have a group of well-trained deputies that pride themselves in protecting Neshoba County,” Clark said.

Clark said that his arrest comes from a call they received on Tuesday, Feb. 23. His office received a call from someone who stated that James Michael Franklin had stolen his blue Nissan Versa.

The caller described the car thief as dangerous and said he was armed with a stolen .9mm pistol. That call would lead to a chase that occurred between 4:30 and 5 p.m., Clark said. 

Neshoba County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately began patrolling in search of the stolen car.

Clark said that Deputy Gordon Adkins spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Range Avenue and Hospital Road.

Adkins initiated blue lights and siren in pursuit of the vehicle and then the driver fled at high speeds trying to elude capture.

The chase led deputies down Highway 19 south, making multiple turns that took them through the Deemer community. 

Clark said that at one point in the chase, near David Wayne’s Small Engine Repair, the stolen car passed another car while discharging the handgun into the air. 

The chase soon ended on Road 444 when the blue Nissan Versa stalled in the roadway. 

Deputies performed a felony takedown on the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody without incident.

Clark said that Franklin has a history with the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office. 

“This is the third vehicle that he has stolen in Neshoba County since May of last year,” Clark said. 

According to Clark, the last incident ended with a stolen truck from the Good Hope community and Franklin being found in Louisiana.


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