Escaped detainee killed in house fire during standoff, sheriff confirms
LEAKE CO., Miss. (WLBT) - A man who escaped from the Raymond Detention Center Sunday is dead following a standoff in Leake County.
“The remains recovered in the burned structure in Carthage, MS this morning have been identified as one of the escapees, Dylan Arrington,” Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones tweeted Wednesday evening.
Arrington, 22, died in a house fire on Conway Road during a standoff Wednesday morning.
He had barricaded himself inside the structure. The fire came a few hours later, fully engulfing the home.
“The fire was pretty big, and it caused a lot of damage,” said Leake County Sheriff Randy Atkinson. “... We can also confirm that at the time the fire started, there was an exchange of gunfire.”
Arrington was one of four detainees that escaped the Raymond Detention Center on Sunday.
After escaping, Arrington was accused of stealing a motorcycle, wrecking that motorcycle, and killing a pastor who pulled over along the side of the road to help him in south Jackson.
Arrington was accused of fleeing the scene in the victim’s red pickup truck.
“We have combed this area,” Sheriff Atkinson said Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve had drones... choppers have been in the area, and we have not seen this vehicle in the area, and we have not seen that vehicle anywhere.”
One Leake County investigator, Jerry Horn, was shot during the standoff. He was taken to the hospital and later airlifted to a medical facility in Jackson.
According to a Facebook post shared by the Leake County Sheriff’s Office, Horn is “doing good” but will “most likely be in a boot for a while.”
The manhunt began Tuesday night after Arrington was spotted in Leake County.
Sheriff Atkinson said the search continued throughout the night. The owner of the home which would catch fire hours later was returning home at the time of the search, Atkinson said.
It’s still unclear what caused the blaze in the home on Wednesday.
Authorities are still determining whether the homeowner had ties to the suspect. “That’s part of the investigation,” Sheriff Atkinson said.
Several agencies aided in search and standoff, including the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.
The Mississippi State Fire Marshal was also on the scene Wednesday afternoon looking through the remains of the home.
Three other detainees remain on the run.
Those men are Casey Grayson, Corey Harrison and Jerry Raynes. Jones warned that two of the men have ties to the tri-county area.
Jerry Raynes has been spotted on surveillance footage at a service station in Spring Valley, Texas.
Sheriff Atkinson did not know if Arrington had any ties to Leake County. He said MBI is currently investigating the case.
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