DeSoto County man shoots and kills neighbor over weed eater gas cap, sheriff says

WATCH: DeSoto County man shoots and kills neighbor over weed eater gas cap, sheriff says

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A former DeSoto County deputy jailer will not be charged in a deadly shooting after a fight that started over a gas cap.

The incident happened in the 8700 block of Tulane Road around 3:09 p.m. on Monday.

Deputies said Lucian Angelo, 78, was shot and killed by his neighbor James Newman, 69, in self-defense.

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Newman told FOX13 he would have to talk to his attorney before he could tell us his story. Neighbors say they are floored over the killing.

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Takisha Jackson, who lives around the corner from where the killing happened, told us how she feels about the murder.

“I think that is kind of stupid… having a homicide over a gas cap,” Jackson said.

Investigators said Newman shot and killed on Monday. The local Sheriff’s Department told FOX13 it the argument started over a missing gas cap that Newman accused Angelo of stealing from a weed eater.

Deputies told FOX13 the vicitm allegedly offered the suspect a check for the missing gas cap before he was shot.

Neighbors said Newman and Angelo were good friends for years, and they’re stunned to hear about the killing.

“It’s just unbelievable… you wouldn’t think someone would do that so close to their home,” Jackson said.

The investigations have determined that the shooting was in self-defense, according to officers. This case will be referred to the grand jury for review.

FOX13 reached out to Angelo’s family for comment, they told us they didn’t want to speak at this time.