Officials searching for suspect in Saturday shooting death outside of Canton


Local authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man that occurred Saturday, May 29, in a trailer park just in Madison County just outside of the City of Canton.


Madison County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Heath Hall said deputies are investigating the incident that was reported before 6 a.m. May 29.


“We received a call about a 41-year-old male who had been shot on Pace Street in the West Side Trailer Park at 5:55 a.m. Saturday,” Hall said. “The victim died. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and following leads. We do not have any additional information to release at this time.”


Other media have reported that the victim has been identified as Emilio Garcia, 41, though Hall declined to confirm the victim’s name. Reports have claimed that Garcia was also the victim of one of three or four robberies reported in the area Saturday morning. Reports describe two suspects, black males, armed with guns and wearing all black.


Hall declined to comment further on the matter.


“In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation we are going to stand with our current statement until developments occur,” Hall said.


Canton Mayor Dr. William Truly in a Tuesday, June 1, press statement offered his sympathy, specifically to members of the Hispanic community.


“As the Mayor of the City of Canton I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the victims and the families of those who were victimized on May 29, 2021,” Truly said. “It is regrettable that this crime resulted in robbery and death of members of the Hispanic community of the West Side Trailer Parks in Madison County.”


Truly scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon in part to clarify that the West Side Trailer Park is not part of the Canton city limits at this time. He said the area would be brought into the city limits on June 6, as a consequence of a recent annexation of the park into the city. At that time the park will be under the jurisdiction of the Mayor and Board of Alderman and the City’s Police Department.


“Once this area becomes a part of the city and under its jurisdiction then the city will appropriately respond and make recommendations as to how to prevent crimes that are targeted toward this community,” Truly said.


Hispanic residents in the area have been known to be targeted for the large sums of cash they carry, Otha Brown, Canton Police Chief said after a Canton family was targeted just after Christmas leaving three people dead and ending a particularly bloody year in Canton.


“The shootings are out of control,” Brown said at the end of last year. “We need more community help in solving some of these cases. We are out there doing our job but we cannot be everywhere at once.”


Officers found Faustino Ramirez, 20, and his pregnant wife, Martina, 19, dead with gunshot wounds to the head around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, Brown said. They were immigrants from Guatemala.


Authorities said Martina was about eight months pregnant and police are treating the matter as a triple homicide.


Their 1-year-old daughter survived but suffered a gunshot wound to the face and Faustino Ramirez’s younger brother Robert, 15, survived by hiding in a closet.


The motive is believed to be $2,000 in cash that was taken from the home.


The murdered Ramirez family members were among eight people murdered in Canton in 2020.


On May 7, law enforcement recorded the first murder in 2021 in Canton. Takoria Brown was found blooded and dead in a Canton motel room.


Brown said officers were called to the Econo Lodge on Soldiers Colony Road around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, where the body of 37-year-old Brown had been found by housekeeping.


“All I can say is that this is the first murder we have had in Canton this year,” Brown said at the time.


Brown said they do not have a description of the suspect or suspects. The case has been handed over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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