Man points gun at Webster County sheriff, gun misfires

A man is accused of pointing a rifle at the Webster County sheriff, but the gun misfired.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 11:28 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 3:06 PM

Editor's Note: This article has been modified with the latest information provided by the Webster County Sheriff's Department.

WEBSTER COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A man is accused of pointing a rifle at the Webster County sheriff, but the gun misfired.

Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell says his department, along with Eupora police responded to a residence on Highway 82 after a man made a threat Tuesday morning. The type of threat is unkown at this time.

Later, law enforcement said a deputy went to the residence to serve a commitment order.

Mitchell says the man has a history of mental problems and pointing firearms at law enforcement.

The sheriff says the man barricaded himself in the house. The man is accused of then pointing a 30-30 rifle at the sheriff but the gun misfired. The man was taken into custody and is being turned over to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

The man is identified as Justin Shurden.

"The guy they were seeking did not want to come out of the houe. Once that happened, he (deputy) called for back up. When we arrived, we found he had a weapon there and he barricaded himself in the house and would not come out," said Landon Griffin of the Webster County Sheriff's Department. "Right now, he is being looked at medically and as soon as he gets through, we will look at charges, if any charges are filed."

Sheriff Mitchell says he's lucky to be alive.

WTVA's Xavier Harris will have a full report coming up on WTVA 9 News and online at

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