Ridgeland teen arrested in what is believed to be deadly ‘road rage’ incident in Rankin Co.

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 11:09 AM CDT
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RANKIN CO., Miss. (WLBT) - One man is dead and a Ridgeland teenager is arrested in connection with what Rankin County authorities believe is a “road rage” incident on Highway 25.

18-year-old Cortland Miekel Phlegm was taken into custody after allegedly shooting 40-year-old William Nicholas Cardin.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning in the northbound lanes of MS-25, near Lone Pine Church Road, said Paul Holley, spokesman for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.

Cardin was found dead in his car at 10:05 this morning, according to Rankin County Coroner David Ruth.

Holley said the driver of the car Phlegm was in pulled over after the shot was fired, and waved down passing law enforcement for help.

That’s when a member of law enforcement working for the Attorney General’s Office notified the sheriff’s office.

“He was flagged down by some motorists going northbound on highway 25. They were outside of the vehicle. I stopped to check on them. They told the officer that one of the occupants had shot into another vehicle or shot at another vehicle.”

When deputies arrived, Phlegm was still on the scene with his family.

“The motorist stated that one of them had shot at somebody in another car,” the RCSO spokesman said.

Holley said Cardin’s car was located a short distance away in the southbound lane.

“They were able to locate the victim’s car about 150 yards away from where they were. The victim was found inside deceased.”

Phlegm was taken into custody and transported to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.

“He is now in custody, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, they’re conducting interviews, again, trying to find out more details on exactly how this happened and what led up to it.”

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