The Corinth — Alcorn S.W.A.T. Team was used to help possibly apprehend a person of interest Tuesday who was wanted for questioning in a northeast Mississippi shooting.
The ordeal unfolded in Combs Court off Cass Street when the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force asked for S.W.A.T. assistance as the person was most likely armed, dangerous and inside one of the apartments which is part of Corinth public housing.
A 10-man S.W.A.T. crew and Matv armored vehicle used CS gas on two apartments in an effort to locate the suspect, who apparently managed to escape capture out a backside door just seconds before law enforcement agencies secured the area.
With several neighbors yelling “find him!” outside nearby apartments, team members searched two apartments and an attic space shared by the two living areas inside one brick building.
The person of interest was identified as 32-year-old Chadz Fitzpatrick, believed to be from the New Albany area, where the shooting happened earlier this week.
Fitzpatrick also has several outstanding warrants on drug offenses, Corinth Police Department Narcotics Detective Bo Swindle told the Daily Corinthian.
“We had good information he was there and he was armed — safety was the biggest concern. When he was identified as being in that apartment, there was a perimeter set up,” said Swindle. “There was a very small window — maybe five seconds — where he could have escaped out a back door.”
The team used CS gas to clear both apartments and no one was home, he said.
The first call for help from U.S. Marshal’s came in about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday and the team was on the scene until about 2 p.m.
Local, regional and state law enforcement agencies continue to search for Fitzpatrick.
Should anyone see this individual, contact a law enforcement agency.
The S.W.A.T. team is made up of officers from the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department and Corinth Police Department.