Mobile County men involved in Miss. shootout


JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WALA) – FOX10 News is continuing to follow up on Wedesday night’s deadly shootout in Jackson County.

On Tuesday, FOX10 News learned the names of the two men involved. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said 49-year-old Christopher Columbus Knight of Grand Bay was pronounced dead on the scene. Lannis Chapman of Citronelle, 47, was injured in the shootout. He is from Citronelle.

It is still not known why the two exchanged gunfire Tuesday night…or even what led up to it.

Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt released a statement saying in part: “the two men had a verbal altercation earlier at work.”

‘Work’ is down Trinity Drive off Roberts Road at VT Halter Marine.

Deputies say the two men started an argument at work then drove down Roberts Road exchanging gunfire.

On Thursday, FOX10 News visited the scene. Tire tracks and debris still remain in the road and shoulder. Deputies say Knight’s car hit a power pole that snapped and fell on his car. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

FOX10 News went to Knight’s home and was met by family members. No one wanted to be on camera but did say they do not know much about what happened and are waiting for answers from law enforcement.

FOX10 News put a call into VT Halter Marine’s corporate office. CEO Bill Skinner replied and said it is still unclear what led up to the argument. He said Chapman worked as a welder since 2012 and Knight was a subcontracted employee and had been there since January. He said the company is working with the police department on the case and are saddened about what happened.

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