One Person Detained After 2nd Shooting At Mississippi Jade Helm Site

A person was detained and is being questioned Wednesday afternoon in connection with a report of shots fired for a second consecutive day near a Mississippi military facility where part of the “Jade Helm 15” training exercise is expected to take place.

Local TV station WDAM reported that police were searching the area near Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg when a maroon truck passed them. Police heard a shot and pursued the motorist, who claimed he had no gun and that his truck backfired, according to the news station.

Authorities said earlier Wednesday that they were looking for a white male driving a maroon pick-up truck, the same suspect description as in Tuesday’s shooting near the same military facility.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a person of interest was taken into custody, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper. The agency described the person of interest as a white male, according to the newspaper.

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