Frederick Patterson, 49, of Mitchell Street, was picked up Sunday night and subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond was set at $75,000.
Patterson was not charged initially because of the injuries he sustained in the fight with the victim. He was expected to undergo surgery but that did not happen, and he is now in good enough health to face the criminal charges, said Detective Capt. Ralph Dance.
Patterson was on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time of the shooting, which happened at 800 Pierce Street. Officers responding to a call of a shooting arrived there on the evening of Aug. 28 to find one man on the ground bleeding from the head and another wounded man on the porch with gunshot wounds to the chest and back.
Dance said it appears Patterson was at the Pierce Street address talking to the victim’s girlfriend and became angry with Young at some point. Patterson told Young he was going to shoot him, and Young tackled Patterson in front of the residence. Patterson shot Young twice during the struggle.
Young managed to knock Patterson unconscious during the fight.
The shooting victim, Randy Young, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Attempted murder is a new charge in Mississippi as approved by the Mississippi Legislature during the 2013 session. The charge carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison upon conviction. Supporters have have argued that it prevents someone who intended to kill another person from escaping a stiffer sentence because the person lived.