Manhunt Underway for Murder Suspects Who Escaped Mississippi Jail

Two inmates facing murder charges escaped from a Mississippi jail early Friday morning, leading to a search for them. Tyrekennel Collins, 24, and Dezarrious Johnson, 18, broke out of the Claiborne County Detention Center around 2:20 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Chief Deputy Christy Sykes explained that Collins and Johnson climbed through a ceiling panel in a common area of the jail. They then reached a window and used bed sheets to lower themselves to the ground. Other inmates quickly alerted jail staff to the escape.

During the escape, Johnson injured his leg and now walks with a noticeable limp, authorities reported. Although they didn’t leave with any weapons, officials warned that Collins and Johnson are considered dangerous.

Authorities urged residents to take precautions, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation advised against approaching the fugitives. Instead, they advised anyone who spots them to call 911 or the sheriff’s office immediately.

Collins was in custody for charges from Copiah County related to the killing of his 46-year-old cousin in 2023, according to local NBC affiliate WLBT. Johnson faced charges from Jefferson County.

The search for Collins and Johnson is ongoing, with U.S. Marshals in contact with their families. Upon capture, both men will face additional charges.

Sykes acknowledged previous issues with inmates escaping through ceiling panels at the jail. “It’s been an issue,” she said, adding that efforts are underway with the board of supervisors to resolve the problem promptly.

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