Percy King, 57 - - Jackson, MS

Percy King, 57

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Percy King, a 57-year-old black male, died January 19, 2018, after a shooting on Scott Street near Maderia Avenue, according to the Jackson Police Department.

JPD Sergeant Roderick Holmes said the shooting happened just before 12:30 p.m. 

When officers arrived, they found King and 19-year-old Jarvis Birtfield dead.

Holmes said a witness saw the shooting take place and held the suspect at bay until officers took him into custody.

Crime scene investigators recovered a handgun on the street believed to be the murder weapon.

The man arrested at the scene, 26-year-old Jamarrio Bell, has been charged with two counts of murder.

Holmes said detectives have not yet determined a motive nor whether Bell intended to shoot King, Birtfield or both.

Bell remains in custody awaiting an initial court appearance.

King served as a zookeeper at the Jackson Zoo from 1997-2011 and became a member of the Jackson Zoo Board in 2017.

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