Police: story ‘discrepancies’ led to arrest of man who killed local pawnshop owner

Police: story ‘discrepancies’ led to arrest of man who killed local pawnshop owner
37-year-old Garry Langston has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of local pawnshop manager Charles Ponthieux (Source: Jackson Police Department)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jackson police have made an arrest in a deadly intersection shooting that left one man dead.

37-year-old Garry Langston has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of local pawnshop manager Charles Ponthieux.

According to information obtained on the day of the shooting, Ponthieux was shot following an accident involving his vehicle and an ATV.

Officers were told that two black males fled the scene and shots were fired. Langston was also on-scene at that time however, officers later found that there were discrepancies within his account of what had taken place that day.

A day after Langston’s arrest, Charles Ponthieux’s daughter, Emilie McEachern released the following statement:

“For seven months, we believed a story from the account of Garry Langston regarding my dad’s death. He was arrested yesterday, so I’m assuming what he told us wasn’t true. He’s made it seem like he was my father’s friend and was there for him in whatever capacity he could be. What I can say is that it seems like there was an ATV accident with two black males, but what we’ve been told about the events afterwards might not be what we were lead to believe. It seems like Garry tried to use his white privilege to try and pin my father’s death on two scared, black teenagers. My father had a strong sense of right and wrong. And I’m glad justice is being served to honor his sense of integrity in finding out the truth.”

52-year-old Charles Ponthieux was shot and killed on Feb. 22 after being shot at a Jackson intersection, according to the Jackson Police Department. Officers responded to a crash involving a pickup truck and an ATV at the intersection of Hanging Moss Road and Forest Avenue. There they found an unresponsive Ponthieux lying in the roadway.

Investigators later learned that two men on the ATV got into an argument with Ponthieux after the wreck. One of the men fired shots at Ponthieux and ran from the scene.

Ponthieux died at the hospital.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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