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Mississippi Homeowner Kills Escaped Murder Suspect After Week-long Manhunt

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

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Via Fox News: A capital murder suspect who busted out of a jail in Mississippi last week tied up a family at a home in Vicksburg Thursday morning before one of the homeowners broke loose and killed the intruder, investigators revealed.

Police said the unnamed homeowner shot Rafael McCloud in the head. The entire encounter lasted roughly three hours. McCloud stabbed the husband in the shoulder, The Clarion-Ledger reports, adding that the husband is expected to survive.

McCloud also tied up the man’s wife and their child, the newspaper adds. “He was pretty much given the bum’s rush by the suspect,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

Dead perp McCloud - taken out by tax payer relief shot/Warren County Jail Photo

Dead perp McCloud – taken out by tax payer relief shot/Warren County Jail Photo

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed McCloud was the intruder. Police were called around 7 a.m. to the house in northern Vicksburg, where the homeowner told police he had been attacked by the man who broke into his garage around 4 a.m.

Investigators found McCloud’s body in a bathtub, according to The Vicksburg Post. His death ends the manhunt that started when the 34-year-old escaped the Warren County jail March 2.

McCloud used a homemade shank to get the jump on a jail officer, Pace said. McCloud forced the officer to give up his keys, radio, pants and jacket, and went out a door to escape. The century-old jail in downtown Vicksburg has no perimeter fence.

Officials combed the town on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River for days, interviewing family members and friends of McCloud and poking through abandoned buildings. Schools bolstered security, and Vicksburg police warned people to bring in guns from vehicles and make sure their houses hadn’t been forcibly entered.

McCloud was indicted on murder and rape charges in the January 2015 death of Sharen Wilson. He had been held in the jail since his June 29 arrest, and has prior felony convictions for auto burglary, grand larceny and armed robbery.


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