Murder arrest made following weekend shooting in Columbus

Columbus police charged Israel Buckhalter with murder. | Source: Columbus Police Department

An individual is accused of murdering another person during the weekend in Columbus.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 11:11 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 4:53 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - An individual is accused of murdering another person during the weekend in Columbus.

According to the Columbus Police Department, the shooting happened late Saturday night at a home on Springdale Drive.

The shooting victim, 32-year-old Desi Shepherd of Columbus, died early Sunday morning at the hospital in Columbus from a gunshot wound, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

Police officers arrested the suspect, 39-year-old Israel Buckhalter, at the scene of the shooting.

Police Chief Fred Shelton said the incident started as an argument.

The coroner ordered an autopsy to be performed.

Note: The map linked in this article shows the general location of Springdale Drive, and the marker may not represent the exact location of the shooting.

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