Police: 19-year-old shot and killed near I-55; suspect also shot by an unknown suspect/suspects

Christopher Silas

JACKSON, MS – One person is dead after a shooting near I-55.

According to Officer Green with Jackson Police, the incident happened around 4:45am on East Frontage Road near Eastover Drive and I-55. An altercation ensued and the suspect, 20-year-old Deion Hicks allegedly shot the victim, 19-year-old Christopher Silas.

Police say there were vehicle drag races happening around the area during that time, but it is unknown if Hicks and Silas were involved in that or not.

Silas suffered a gunshot to the chest. He was driven to UMMC by private vehicle. He later died there.

Police captured Hicks in the area of the shooting. While police were attempting to take him into custody, an unknown suspect/suspects shot multiple times at an officer and Hicks. During that shooting, Hicks was hit twice in the chest.

He was taken to UMMC. He is in stable condition. The officer was not injured. Police say that when released from the hospital, Hicks will be charged with murder in the death of Christopher Silas.

If anyone has any information that could lead to the identification or whereabouts of the suspect/suspects who shot Deion Hicks, call Jackson Police.

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