Suspect wanted for Lamar County murder found dead in Harrison County

Suspect wanted for Lamar County murder found dead in Harrison County
Anthony Shane Simmons (Source: Lamar County Sheriff's Office)

SAUCIER, Miss. (WLOX) - The suspect in a Lamar County double homicide is now dead, according to authorities.

Anthony Shane Simmons, 39, of Perkinston, was wanted in connection to a double homicide that happened in Purvis just after midnight Saturday.

Authorities responded around 9:30 a.m. to the relative’s home on 20268 Dan Walker Road in Saucier, where Simmons’ truck was located Saturday. Deputies located Simmons in the wood line just east of the property, sitting against a tree, with a firearm in his hand.

Authorities said as soon as Simmons saw deputies, he shot himself. According to officials, Simmons suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound through his neck and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies found the bodies of a 41-year-old man and 37-year-old woman in Purvis Saturday morning. Both victims appeared to have been shot.

Lamar County Coroner Blake Matherne identified the victims Sunday as James Kevin Lowe, 41, and Amanda West Rutherford, 37.

Simmons was developed as a suspect in the shooting. Rigel said it was believed that the suspect and victims knew each other.

Later on Saturday, Rigel said authorities had located the suspect’s white 2014 F-150 Ford pickup truck at a relative’s house in Saucier.

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