Suspects in the fatal shooting of Trooper Lt. Troy Morris in custody facing murder charges

Suspects in the fatal shooting of Trooper Lt. Troy Morris in custody facing murder charges
L - Cdarrius Norman, 17 | R - Treyon Washngton, 24 (Source: Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Department.)

FAYETTE, Miss. (WLBT) - The two men and one teenager charged with the shooting death of Trooper Lt. Troy Morris are all in the custody of law enforcement.

Thursday, bond was denied for 17-year-old Cdarrius Norman of Natchez during his initial appearance in Jefferson County court.

Twenty-four-year-old Treyon Washington of Cannonsburg was denied bond Monday in Jefferson County Court.

Washington is now being held at another facility. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Lee Bailey, 25-year-old Damion Whittley of Natchez was shot by Trooper Morris during the attack Friday morning.

“He is being held right now in Gulfport for a charge that he already had pending for murder and an armed robbery in Gulfport, and he is waiting to be transported here sometime in the future,” said Sheriff Bailey. Washington and Whittley were captured in New Orleans.

Norman was accompanied by his parents when he turned himself in to the Jefferson County Sheriff early Saturday morning.

“I was here when Morris first became a trooper for Jefferson County. So we pretty much grew up together in law enforcement,” added the sheriff. “He had 27 years, and right now I have 31 years in law enforcement. I’ve been knowing Troy for a moment. My heart is broken, and I’m saddened right now. I want to bring justice to the family”.

Morris was found fatally shot in his mail delivery truck on Highway 61 Friday morning. No motive for the shooting has been released.

“While we are pleased with the progress of this investigation, we realize there is much work left to be done,” said Colonel Randy Ginn the day the suspects were captured. “The tireless efforts of law enforcement have been inspiring and the public outpouring of support and concern has touched us all and has shown Lieutenant Morris’ family that Mississippians truly care about the officers who protect them.”

“Again, I would like to start by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lieutenant Troy Morris,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “I met with his family yesterday and assured them that we are working with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners as we investigate his murder. The progress that has been made is a direct result of their hard work and dedication.”

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said it received assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Louisiana State Police and several other agencies in the arrest of the suspects.

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