Meridian Star

January 3, 2013

Police probe shooting incident

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     New Year's Day 2013 in Meridian ended much like 2012 when someone fired into a residence.

    Meridian Police Department Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, said Wednesday no one was injured in the shooing incident and that detectives were working to find the suspect.

    Harper said at about 6:30 p.m. a call to 911 Central Dispatch was made by a Meridian resident reporting a shooting incident at a home in the Magnolia Courts Housing Complex located at 24th Street and 18th Avenue. Harper said when patrol officers arrived on the scene they found one bullet hole in the home. Harper said one person was inside the home at the time of the alleged shooting but they were not hit or injured.

    Harper said detectives were called to the location to process the scene and interview any witnesses that may have been present.

    Meridian suffered its highest murder total in 2012 with nine homicides. Roderickus Bourdeaux, 21 of Meridian, died Dec. 26 from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest at Club VIP on B Street. Three other people were hit by bullets in the running gunfire that extended from the 2000 block of B Street to the 1800 block.

    Two people, 19-year-old Charles Sheffield and 32-year-old Cedric Sheffield, both of Meridian, are facing charges in connection with the shooting incident. Harper said Charles Sheffield has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and Cedric Sheffield has been charged with accessory after the fact to aggravated assault. Each man was placed on $250,000 bond for their two offenses.

    Harper said two men who were injured are thought to have been hit by gunfire from Charles Sheffield. Harper said the handgun detectives believe was used by Sheffield has been recovered. But the person detectives believe shot and killed Bourdeaux is still at large.  

    If anyone has information pertaining to this incident they are urged to all Crime Stoppers at (601) 485-1860. Cash rewards are paid out for information leading to the arrest of suspects.