Man believed to have fled scene of murder last month in Union County was himself murdered at his home Sunday afternoon, April 3

NEMiss.News Shooting Fatality
April 3rd, 2022     Featured News General News


Union County Coroner Pam Boman pronounced Joseph Williams, age 37, dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. The coroner said Williams died of a single gunshot wound.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards told NEMiss.News that the 911 call center received a call about the shooting about 2 o’clock. When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 1253 CR 167, the residence of Joseph Williams, others at the scene had already put Williams in a private motor vehicle and transported him to Baptist Hospital in New Albany.

The Sheriff said witnesses present at the shooting site in the Jericho community gave them the name of Gregory Damon Richardson, age 39, AKA “Boogie.” A BOLO (Be On Look Out) was immediately put out for Richardson and the motor vehicle he was driving. Deputies of Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson quickly spotted Richardson and took him into custody in Verona, a town immediately south of Tupelo.

The Lee County Sheriff turned Richardson over to Union County Deputies. He was transported back to Union County where he is now in custody at the county jail on Carter Ave.

Sheriff Edwards said Williams had been shot once in the chest with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. Richardson, the alleged shooter, had previous felony arrests including one in Union County in Dec. 2020 for possession of methamphetamine. Edwards said Richardson would be charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and with the murder of Williams.

Edwards said Joseph Williams, the man killed today, is the same Joseph Williams that fled the scene when April Nickole Rodgers is believed to have shot and killed Nathan Knight in the Alpine community on March 7, 2022.

Alpine murder in early March:

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