PRESS RELEASE: MPD Investigating First Homicide Of 2017

ARRESTED: Leon Bowman, 30 (Source: Harrison County Jail)

ARRESTED: Leon Bowman, 30 (Source: Harrison County Jail)

The Marshall Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead. At approximately 1 a.m. Friday, March 3, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Paula Street in the Belaire Manor Apartment complex regarding a possible shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Michael Phelps, Jr. deceased, from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, inside one of the apartments. After interviewing witnesses, detectives concluded that 30-year-old Leon Bowman caused the death of Phelps. Bowman was booked into the Harrison County Jail where he is charged with manslaughter.

Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa stated, “I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation during this investigation. Without the community’s help and our diligent detectives, the suspect probably wouldn’t have been apprehended so quickly. I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Phelps’ family during this time of grief.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Phelps’ death. This is the first homicide in Marshall for 2017. The case remains under investigation.



Kelly Colvin
Public Information Officer
Marshall Police Department









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