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Prominent Clarksdale attorney fatally shot, suspect in custody

Ellis Pittman was shot at his Clarksdale office. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Ellis Pittman was shot at his Clarksdale office. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Suspect Ricardo Frazier was in police custody a few hours after the shooting. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Suspect Ricardo Frazier was in police custody a few hours after the shooting. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Pittman's office building. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Pittman's office building. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
CLARKSDALE, MS (WMC) - A prominent Clarksdale attorney was shot and killed Friday afternoon.

"Frankly, my nerves are kind of frayed," Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said. "This is very shocking."

Luckett confirmed Ellis Pittman was the man who was shot and killed.

The suspect, Ricardo Frazier, turned himself in in Tunica.

Luckett, who is also an attorney, was in Pittman's office building when the shooting happened. He was representing Frazier in a civil matter involving Pittman.

Pittman sued Frazier over work he did on his house. Pittman claimed the work was shoddy, and Frazier misused funds. Pittman took a deposition from Frazier when the shooting happened.

"I am a witness to a lot of what happened today, and I expect to be called at a trial," Luckett explained. "I've really got to not get into what I saw."

Residents watched as investigators gathered evidence.

"Very shocking, one of the top attorneys in town and all of a sudden, you hear he just got shot and then is dead," Willie Clark said. "It's shocking."

Pittman was also a Tunica County administrator and owns a hospice care center in Clarksdale.

Friends and coworkers said he was much more than an attorney. They said he was a great man and someone they will never forget.

Many people who live in Clarksdale said Pittman truly changed their lives.

"He's a great person," office manager Oscina Smith said. "I lost my dad a couple years ago, and he stepped right in. This is another loss of a father, a friend and a mentor."

People in Clarksdale said they hope Pittman's death will bring the community together and remind others that violence does not solve any problem.

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