Madison man shoots roommate in dispute

Madison man shoots roommate in dispute


A Madison man was arrested on assault and drug charges after allegedly shooting his roommate in the Tidewater subdivision over the weekend, the authorities said.

George Pickett Jr., 56, of Madison was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, the authorities said. 

Pickett had an initial court appearance in Madison Municipal Court on Monday afternoon and was still being held on a $351,000 bond Wednesday, Capt. Kevin Newman said..

The arrest stems from an incident on Sunday, Aug. 14, at approximately 7:49 p.m., when the Madison Police Department received calls regarding a disturbance at a residence Tidewater.  

“Callers reported that an individual involved had possibly been shot,” Newmans said.

Officers arrived on the scene and found a 56-year-old male in the area near the residence who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers began providing medical aid to the subject as Madison Fire paramedics were en route.  

Other officers began investigating and canvassing the residence where the incident was reported to have occurred, Newman said. Officers then detained another male who was the apparent roommate of the injured subject and who was identified as Pickett.

Further investigation determined that the two males, who were roommates, got into a physical altercation outside their residence and then continued once inside the house. As the altercation progressed, one male obtained a .357 caliber revolver and shot the other male multiple times.

The injured male then fled to the outside of the residence.  

A firearm was recovered from the scene along with what was believed to be illegal narcotics, Newman said. 

“Besides the marijuana,” Newman said. “There were several pills recovered believed to be MDMA (Ecstasy).”  The state Crime Lab is analyzing the pills. 

The male gunshot victim was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson by Pafford Ambulance Service where he is listed in stable condition.

Pickett was transported to the UMMC as well as treatment for minor injuries received during the initial physical altercation.  

Upon his treatment and release he was charged, Newman said.

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