Crime scene

A DeSoto County man has died as a result of an argument with another man that turned into a deadly shooting.

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department officials Tuesday reported the victim was identified as 78-year-old Lucian “Butch” Angelo. He was shot at his neighbor's home, 8790 Tulane Road South, which is in rural DeSoto County southwest of Hernando.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the residence shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Once they arrived, it was determined the property owner, James Leon Newman, age 69, had shot Angelo after an argument turned into a physical altercation.

Angelo was transported by Hospital Wing to the trauma center at Region One Health in Memphis, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders confirmed the identity of the victim Tuesday morning and stated Angelo’s body would be sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Pounders said Angelo was the victim of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies have determined that Newman shot in self-defense, however after discussion with the district attorney about the case, it has been decided to refer the case to a grand jury to be reviewed.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.