The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as Joshua Haynes, 33, of County Road 793.
“When the MDOC officers went to the residence, he eluded authorities,” said Chief Deputy Dusty Essary. “He has been seen once and is still at large.”
The man is armed and is a validated gang member, said Essary. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has tattoos. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan jacket.
A deputy saw him running and carrying a handgun. He was last spotted on County Road 702 (Forest School Road) in the VFW area on the northwest edge of the city.
County deputies and city officers assisted in hunting for Haynes after he eluded the MDOC around 10:30 a.m.
Prior to MDOC officers going to the residence on Friday morning, a family member of Haynes had reported that he fired his gun. No one was injured.
Haynes’ criminal record includes theft.
To report information about Haynes, contact the sheriff’s department at 286-5521.