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Jerry Lee Beale

A Southaven man is facing attempted murder charges after an overnight incident centered on a Southaven apartment. 

Police have identified the suspect at Jerry Lee Beale, age 29 of Southaven. Beale faces three counts of attempted murder against a law enforcement officer. He’s being held in the DeSoto County Jail in Hernando on $1 million bond.

Officers were called to 8180 Southpark Circle shortly before midnight Tuesday night. A woman told them a man inside her apartment was making threats at others and she wanted him out.

Beale was met by officers inside the apartment, who noticed he had a firearm in his waistband.

When orders to place his hands above his head were not followed, police said Beale became visibly agitated and an officer used a Taser on him.

It was at that moment the report indicates Beale grabbed his firearm and fired four shots at the officers.

The man eventually surrendered but continued not to obey the orders of the officers, who had to then physically restrain him.

Some of the officers were injured in the incident, including one who received a laceration on his arm. However, it is unsure if the wound was due to a bullet or came during the struggle.

All of those involved were checked out by emergency medical personnel when the scene was secured, but no one needed to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the case is still under investigation.

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

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