The Olive Branch Police Department have arrested a man after three people were found dead on New Years Day. — Three people are dead following a brutal New Year’s day triple homicide in Olive Branch.
The DeSoto County Coroner identified the victims as Tommi Carrier, 40-years-old, Tyler Liles, 33-years-old, and John Sutherland, 30-years-old.
Olive Branch Police said Ivan C. Rodriguez of Cordova has been charged in connection with the early morning killings.
John Petty of Olive Branch lives just down the street from where the killings happened. Petty said around 1:40 Friday morning his wife awakened him, she said she heard gunshots outside. Petty said he grabbed his pistol and went outside to investigate.
“My wife heard yelling followed by a round of gunshots and then she hears a woman screaming and then another round of gunshots,” Petty said
Petty said when he got outside he saw a man laying in the street near a truck at the intersection of Shiloah and Jefferson. He wasn’t sure what was wrong so he called 911 and tried to help the man.
“A few seconds later, I noticed a bloodstain on his upper right shoulder and I unbuttoned his shirt and that’s when I saw the gunshot wound. A police officer came around the vehicle and I heard him on the radio and he said we have a total of three gunshot victims and I ran over there to see if I could help but there was no helping,” Petty said.
Olive Branch police told us that Rodriquez is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the case. Police aren’t saying if Rodriguez knew the victims.
A family who lives on the street has put flowers out as a memorial to those who lost their lives here early Friday morning.
Evan Watts who lives down the street from where the shooting happened said he heard the shots.
“It was about five or six or it was a whole clip it may have been 7,” Watts said.
FOX13 spoke to a family member of one of the victims who didn’t want to go on camera. The family member said they are still stunned and they are trying to figure out what happened.
Watts told us the neighborhood where the killings happened is usually very quiet.
“Man it’s close it’s kind of close and it put me on edge, I know they were from Cordova but it puts me a bit on edge, it’s just close,” Watts said.
Kesha Roberts lives just around the corner from where the killings happened, she tells us she feels for the families of the victims.
“Just sorrow, I’m not sure what happened,” Roberts said.
Rodriguez is due in Olive Branch Municipal Court on January 28th.
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