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Mississippi man, Alex Bridges Deaton, wanted in shooting death, $2,500 reward

By Justin Mitchell

Associated Press

A nationwide search is in progress for a 28-year-old man accused of shooting his girlfriend to death in Rankin County, stealing her vehicle and shooting a woman who was jogging nearby.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office in the search for Alex Bridges Deaton.

A woman called 911 about 5 a.m. Friday and told authorities a man shot her in the thigh while she was running on Castlewoods Boulevard, according to a release from the MBI. She told deputies the man, who had facial hair, shot her from the driver’s window of a small white SUV.

About 4:20 p.m., Rankin County deputies responded to a request to check on a resident at Vineyards Apartments on Vine Drive, according to the MBI release. The complex is near where the jogger was shot.

A deputy and family member found 30-year-old Heather Robinson dead in the apartment.

Robinson was in a relationship with Deaton, the MBI said.

Her vehicle, a white 2012 GMC Acadia, was missing.

Authorities believe Deaton is responsible for the death of his girlfriend and for the shooting of the jogger.

Deaton is 5 feet 9 inches, weighs 170 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He is presumed armed and considered dangerous. He is likely still driving the white Acadia SUV with a Mississippi Nurses Foundation tag number of F396 NF.

Anyone who comes into contact with him should call 911, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department at 601-825-1480 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to Deaton’s arrest.