Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said 77-year-old Gynell Windham was killed in self-defense following an altercation at the Rienzi Auction shortly before 7 p.m. He said the shooting occurred later when two vehicles stopped in the middle of Highway 356 near Hopewell Baptist Church and less than one mile from the auction.
“Windham exited her vehicle and displayed a firearm. The other person then fired two rounds striking Windham and killing her,” said Caldwell. “When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they were able to take the person into custody.”
The person was released Monday.
“It appears they were acting in self-defense,” he added.
The case will be presented to the Alcorn County Grand Jury.