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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi
For Immediate Release
Darren J. LaMarca, United States Attorney
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Friday, June 30, 2023

Bogue Chitto Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at a Law Enforcement Officer

Jackson, Miss. – A Bogue Chittto man pled guilty to shooting at a law enforcement officer, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony Spotswood of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court records, on March 17, 2020, in the Bogue Chitto Community of the Choctaw Indian Reservation, Shane Alexander Bell, Jr., 27, assaulted a law enforcement officer by firing a handgun at him, resulting in damage to the officer’s home. Fortunately, the officer was unharmed. In November of 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Bell for using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Bell faces a penalty of not less than ten years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case was investigated by the Choctaw Police Department of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin J. Payne and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Burns.

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