Former Starkville police officer indicted for 2017 shooting

Gary Wheeler | Photo: AG's Office

The former officer is identified as Gary Wheeler, 25, of Starkville.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 1:24 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 4:25 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A former Starkville police officer has been indicted for a 2017 shooting. 

The former officer is identified as Gary Wheeler, 25, of Starkville.  

He was indicted by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on a one count of aggravated assault. He surrendered himself to law enforcement on Monday. 

The indictment states that on June 3, 2017, he "purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life," caused serious injury to Zyterrious Gandy by shooting into Gandy's vehicle and striking him in the legs and stomach. 

Gandy survived the incident. 

This shooting occurred while Wheeler was on duty, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. 

If convicted, Wheeler faces up to 20 years in prison. 

His court date is set for October 15 in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. 

Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols later confirmed Wheeler resigned from his post. He went to work for the Mississippi State University Police Department in April.

He has since resigned from that position.

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