Suspect in Mississippi State University Student’s Death Arrested

A 21-year-old Jackson, Miss. man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of John Sanderson, a 21-year-old Mississippi State University student, Reuters reports. Mason Perry Jones was arrested Monday on a capitol murder charge and the sale of a controlled substance after U.S. Marshals reportedly found him traveling on a bus in Memphis, Tenn.

Jones is being at the Oktibbeha County Jail, The Associated Press reports.
Sanderson was shot Saturday in a dormitory. A drug transaction may have taken place before the shooting.

Another Mississippi college student from Jackson State University died the very same day in an unrelated incident. Authorities are still seeking information on the murder of Nolan Ryan Henderson III. No arrests have been made.

There are still two other persons of interest in Sanderson’s death.

Mississippi State University Police Chief Georgia Lindley congratulated police on their work in apprehending one of the suspects.

“Our detectives have done outstanding investigative work over the past 48 hours, with tremendous assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, as well as Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Starkville Police, and Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office,” Lindley told AP. “We appreciate the hard work and cooperation of all involved.”

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