Bassmaster Opens angler shot to death at Mississippi motel
JACKSON, Miss. — James “Jimmy” Johnson, a 56-year-old B.A.S.S. angler competing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tournament on Ross Barnett Reservoir this week, was shot to death Sunday night at a motel in Jackson, police confirmed.
Jackson Police Department spokesperson Colendula Green said Johnson of Ganado, Texas, was fatally shot at the Motel 6 at 7145 Interstate Hwy. 55 North in Jackson, where he and his wife were staying during the tournament. Police received the call at 7:48 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Green told Bassmaster.com the incident is being investigated as a homicide, and police are looking for a black male who appeared on security cameras at the motel.
Details are limited as the investigation continues, but Chris Bowes, senior tournament manager for the Bassmaster Opens, said he received a call from a friend of Johnson’s Sunday night saying that Johnson had discovered someone apparently burglarizing his bass boat. The shooting occurred after that.
“Jimmy was a terrific angler, as he has shown through the Bassmaster Opens,” said Bowes. “More than that, he was a tremendous guy. He will be deeply missed.” Bowes plans to observe moments of silence at points during the tournament this week to remember Johnson, who ranked 11th in the Central Opens standings after two events.
In conjunction with the homicide investigation Jackson Police Department is looking to identify and speak with the black male seen walking in the above photo. For any tips call Jackson Police Dept. at 601-944-0453.
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Jimmys family and friends.
SUSPECT HAS BEEN CAUGHT!
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