Suspect arrested for shooting, killing uncle at Meridian gaming lounge

Suspect arrested for shooting, killing uncle at Meridian gaming lounge

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WLBT/WTOK) - The search is over for the man that shot and killed a former Georgia law enforcement officer in Meridian.

41-year-old Christopher Denson is now in custody after a shooting during a family gathering at the 1st and 10 Lounge on Highway 493.

Capt. John Griffith says Denson went to his vehicle during the gathering and retrieved an AK-47 rifle. Griffith says Denson then shot and killed his uncle, 69-year-old Almond Turner.

Investigators say there were roughly six shots fired before someone grabbed Denson. They say Denson’s brother took the AK-47 from him after the shooting.

Turner was a beloved member of the law enforcement community in Georgia. He was assistant police chief in Covington, Georgia for 20 years and had a law enforcement career that spanned 45 years. He was also a member of the Newton County (Georgia) Board of Education since 1996. He retired in 2016.

Denson has been charged with murder and his bond has been set at $1 million.

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