Starkville Daily News
Yokohama murder suspect in custody
WEST POINT – The man wanted in connection to a deadly shooting at the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing plant earlier this week has turned himself in.
Javerest Gray of
Starkville, who was an employee at
Mississippi in West Point, was fatally shot in the parking lot of the facility at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22. The alleged shooter was identified as Willie Swain Jr., who later surrendered to law enforcement and was charged with murder.
Early investigation indicates that Gray and Swain Jr. got into an argument which led to the shooting.
Authorities arrived on the scene within 10 minutes of the call and immediately went to Gray's aid until the ambulance arrived. He was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 8:30 a.m.
Philip Calhoun, Yokohama plant manager and vice president of manufacturing, gave his heavy condolences to Gray's family and friends in a statement released by the manufacturer.
“YTMM is shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence,” said Calhoun. “YTMM takes the safety and health of its employees seriously and we ask that you keep the deceased and their family in your thoughts as we are all mourning this tragedy. Production has ceased for the time being and grief counselors have been made available to all YTMM team members.”
Swain Jr.'s bond has been set at $1.2 million following his court appearance on Friday.
If you have any information that could be useful for this case, you can contact the Clay County Sheriff 's Office at 662-494-2896, Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800530-7151 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers P3 App.