Woodville police chief shot at; manhunt underway for murder suspect

Woodville Police Chief Lemuel Rutledge was shot at on Tuesday, May 10, and a manhunt for the suspected shooter is underway, Rutledge confirmed Wednesday.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 10:59 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 5:27 PM CDT
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WOODVILLE, Miss. (WAFB) - Jaccory Carr is wanted by Centreville Police in Mississippi. Police accuse Carr of murdering Cody Belle last week, and Belle’s family wants Carr off the streets.

“It has actually been torture for us because we live in a small town, we are used to being safe. We aren’t used to situations like this, and we want, of course, justice for Cody but we want everyone to feel safe again,” explained Kimberly Jackson, who is Belle’s cousin.

Carr did not stop there.

On Tuesday, May 10, in Woodville, police say Carr broke into a woman’s house and shot her. As Carr was trying to escape, he came in contact with police, and shots were fired.

“He shot a wood post, which I was standing by. So, some of the debris from the post did separate and strike me under the arm,” said Woodville Police Chief Lemuel Rutledge.

Carr escaped, but Chief Rutledge says they are working with multiple agencies in Mississippi and Louisiana to find him.

Rutledge said Carr does have family in Louisiana. Woodville, Miss. is about 30 minutes away from St. Francisville, so law enforcement is asking everyone to be on their guard.

“We have spoken with his mother. She does state that he does have some sort of issues going on in his life. So, he’s very unstable, he is desperate. So, we want everyone to be safe, make sure that they lock their doors to their vehicles, to their houses,” added Rutledge.

For now, as law enforcement searches for Carr, one family is still mourning and hoping for a better outcome.

“We just want justice for Cody and, of course, for the young lady in Woodville. You know we just want our town back. Want to feel safe again,” added Jackson.

Police ask that anyone who knows anything about where Carr is to please contact local law enforcement.

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