Charges dropped against man arrested in agent shooting - - Jackson, MS

Charges dropped against man arrested in agent shooting

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of shooting at a U.S. Marshals Task Force agents on Archer Avenue during a home raid on Dec. 3, 2013.

Thirty-eight-year-old Arturo Rodriguez was arrested when an agent was shot during the search of a home. 

Rodriguez was shot by Task Force members, who were searching for Lucious Perkins. His injury was non-life threatening.

An A.T.F. officer assigned to investigate the shooting testified officers had received intel Perkins may be in the home from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

He testified that as they approached the home, someone opened the front door, then slammed it shut. He also testified that the officers yelled "Police!", and entered the home.

During their search he says someone pointed a gun at them through a doorway.

Officers fired in the room. When they entered they found Rodriguez hiding under a bed, and a .22 caliber pistol. 

A narcotics officer who was outside the home was grazed by a bullet.

Neighbors we talked to say only one of the adults in the home spoke good English, and they suspect they were startled and confused when the agents stormed their house.

"The guy was scared. He didn't know what they were in the house for. "It was 6 a.m.," said one neighbor. "They just busted up in the house and he was scared and he was defending himself and his family."

The agents were hoping to serve a warrant on 33 year old Lucious Perkins, who turned himself in shortly after the incident on Archer Ave. He has been charged for the murder of 51-year-old Tony Brown, who was shot and killed in his home on Randall street back in November. 

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