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Two Rankin County men face felony charges in shooting incident

Richard Townsend charged with shooting into an unoccupied dwelling in Rankin County; Source: Rankin County SO Richard Townsend charged with shooting into an unoccupied dwelling in Rankin County; Source: Rankin County SO
James Winborn Pernell, charged with shooting into a motor vehicle.....Source RCSD James Winborn Pernell, charged with shooting into a motor vehicle.....Source RCSD
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Rankin County man called "Ricochet" was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling after an incident Tuesday night in Florence, and the homeowner, James Winborn Pernell, has been charged for shooting into a motor vehicle. 

Around 7:50 p.m. Rankin County Deputies were called to a home on Valley Cove, just outside of Florence, for reports of a disturbance with shots fired. Witnesses told dispatchers they recorded two cars speeding away from the home after the shots were fired.

The homeowner, where the disturbance occurred, at 168 Valley Cove, told Deputies he was talking to a man and woman. The woman lived in a camper trailer partially on his property and the man was a visiting friend.

The two men exchanged words and the conversation soon became heated. The man visiting the woman, identified only as “Ricochet”, pulled out a gun and threatened the homeowner.

Witnesses told police that the homeowner went into his home and got a hunting rifle. The homeowner then stood outside and fired one round into the air, followed by at least two rounds in the direction of “Ricochet” and the woman.

“Ricochet” then returned fire at the homeowner. The homeowner's gun malfunctioned, so he went inside and got a second hunting rifle and fired more shots at “Ricochet” while he was driving away.

The decision was made last night by the Sheriff’s Department and supported by the District Attorney’s Office, to hold off on arresting Pernell until more questions had been answered.  Those answers were gathered Wednesday.

Pernell will also be held in the Rankin County Jail without bond on his felony charge until he has his initial appearance before County Court Judge Kent McDaniel.

Both Pernell and Townsend will be presented to the Rankin County Grand Jury on their felony charges.  Townsend could face up to ten years in the state penitentiary for shooting into a dwelling.  PERNELL could face up to five years for shooting into a motor vehicle.  

Investigators processing the scene found a bullet that went into the home through a front bedroom, went down the hall and landed underneath a microwave.  

In the driveway where “Ricochet” was parked, deputies found shattered glass from the side window of his pickup. “Ricochet” was found within hours, uninjured and arrested for shooting into an occupied dwelling. Police identified him as Richard Townsend.

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