Escaped Miss. Murder Suspect Killed in Home Invasion


A man killed Thursday during a home invasion in Mississippi was an escaped murder suspect, a sheriff said.

Warren County (Miss.) Sheriff Martin Pace said in a text message that the man killed Thursday in a Vicksburg, Miss., home was 34-year-old Rafael McCloud.

McCloud escaped from the Warren County Jail on March 2 after taking a guard hostage with a homemade shank and stealing his clothing, keys and radio.

On Thursday, Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said authorities were called around 7 a.m. CT to a house in northern Vicksburg, where a homeowner told police he had been attacked by a man who broke into his garage around 4 a.m.

“He was pretty much given the bum’s rush by the suspect,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong said McCloud tied the family up but the husband was able to get free of his bonds. He was stabbed in the shoulder. The husband, whose wound was not life-threatening, shot McCloud in the head.

The hostages included the husband, wife and a 4-year-old child. There are no reports of other injuries.

McCloud was being held in the death of Sharon Wilson. Wilson, 69, was considered a missing person until her body was found outside the abandoned Kuhn Memorial State Hospital by ghost hunters. McCloud was indicted in January by a Warren County grand jury for capital murder, burglary of a dwelling, rape, sexual battery without consent, attempted arson, larceny-motor vehicle and possession of a weapon after felony conviction in connection with Wilson’s slaying.

During Thursday’s news conference, Armstrong said there is no known link between McCloud and the family taken hostage.

SOURCE: Therese Apel
The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger