Police: iPad brawl led to shootout in East Columbus; two arrested

Columbus police arrested two suspects in a shootout Wednesday in East Columbus.

Shawn Stallings Jr. of Columbus and Ricky Armstead of Starkville are both charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the incident which began as a result of a disagreement over an iPad transaction, the police chief said Fred Shelton at The Dispatch. Stallings is also accused of shooting at an occupied building.

Officers responded to a call for shots around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the McDonald’s parking lot on Alabama Street. Upon arrival, the suspects had fled, but officers found shell casings on the ground.

CCTV police obtained from the adjacent Marvin’s Building Materials store show two vehicles leaving the scene of the shooting – a white SUV with an Oktibbeha County license plate and a dark four-door sedan. It shows two black men entering and exiting the black sedan.

Police spoke to the two occupants of the dark sedan on Friday, Shelton said, and located the white SUV – which had bullet holes – in Starkville with assistance from the police department. Armstead was then arrested.

Shelton said two occupants were in each vehicle at the time of the incident. Stallings and Armstead were handling the iPad transaction when the money for the sale ran out. The two suspects started exchanging shots and bullets from Stallings’ weapon hit Marvin’s building. No one was hurt.

The other occupants of the vehicles have not been charged, Shelton said.

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