Truck Stop Robbery Leads to Fatal Shooting in Copiah County, Mississippi

COPIAH COUNTY, Miss. — Authorities in Copiah County are currently investigating a tragic incident that occurred at a local truck stop. Sheriff Byron Swilley revealed that the Wesson truck stop fell victim to a robbery around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. During the robbery, a suspect targeted and carjacked 60-year-old Vincent Ratliff, ultimately resulting in a fatal shooting. Ratliff was rushed to a nearby hospital but sadly succumbed to his injuries.

Sheriff Swilley reported that Ratliff’s stolen vehicle was later discovered a short distance away from the truck stop. Surveillance footage from the establishment is being reviewed and may provide valuable insights into the events leading up to the shooting. A manager from the truck stop disclosed that Ratliff, a regular patron at the buffet-style restaurant, was on his way to dine with his pregnant niece at the time of the incident. The manager described Ratliff as a familiar face in the establishment, highlighting the unfortunate circumstance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The perpetrator behind the armed robbery and subsequent violent act is currently at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to Sheriff Swilley. Authorities are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the investigation by contacting Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS. The community is encouraged to remain vigilant and cooperate with law enforcement to ensure the swift apprehension of the suspect responsible for this senseless tragedy.

As the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office continues to delve into the details of this case, the local community mourns the loss of Vincent Ratliff and grapples with the unsettling nature of the crime that has transpired. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of supporting law enforcement efforts in ensuring justice for the victims and their families. The authorities are working diligently to bring closure to this heartbreaking chapter and bring the perpetrator to justice.