Man shot, killed in Holly Springs

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (WMC) - A man was shot and killed in Holly Springs on Halloween night.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. at the corner of Center Street and Falconer Avenue.

Officers arrived to find 51-year-old Charles Matthews on the ground near his truck with multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics were unable to save him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marshall County Police said Thaddeus Scales, 41, killed Matthews by unloading multiple shots--two of which struck a nearby funeral home and three hit Matthews.

Holly Springs Police Chief Dwight Harris said Matthews and Scales knew each other.

The deadly shooting happened as children were trick-or-treating nearby. Thankfully, none of them were injured.

"This is where I lay my head at night. This is my home, so we're going to do our very best to make sure our citizens are safe," Harris said.

Officers said an altercation led to the shooting and other arrests are possible. Neighbors are in shock that violence took the life of the beloved handyman who was known for cutting lawns in Holly Springs.

"Yes, I'm sad that he died because he was an individual. Everybody liked him," Holly Springs resident David Caldwell said.

This is the second homicide in Holly Spring this year.

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