Demarcus Harris, 32

Demarcus Harris, 32

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Demarcus Harris, a 32-year-old black male, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, after being shot several days prior, according to Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

Jackson Police Department Sgt. Roderick Holmes said the shooting took place in December, but did not elaborate on an exact date.

He said officers responded to a report of an accidental shooting at a home in the 100 block of Rosslyn Avenue and found Harris suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Paramedics transported Harris to the hospital.

Investigators at the scene initially believed the injury was self-inflicted based on information provided by Harris' girlfriend, 28-year-old Jakia Thomas.

Police later refuted that account after finding inconsistencies within her story.

Officers arrested Thomas sometime after the shooting and charged her with domestic aggravated assault.

Thomas posted bond -- which a judge set at $3,500 -- and was released from jail.

In an emailed statement to reporters, Sgt. Holmes said that investigators recently learned Harris had died as a result of that injury, but could not provide an exact date of death when asked.

Grisham-Stewart confirmed to 3 On Your Side that Harris died on New Year’s Day and that investigators with JPD had been made aware of the death that same day.

Holmes said Thomas surrendered to police Friday, January 11, and now faces a murder charge.

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