Police investigate assault in downtown Columbus one suspect is in custody

possible suspects have been identified

Columbus, Miss. (WCBI) – One suspect is in custody in connection to an assault incident that left two people injured, one of them in serious condition.

Brody Kizer is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

According to Columbus Police, officers responded to a call around 1 AM Saturday and found two individuals had been assaulted.

Police say the two victims saw a group of people vandalizing decorations across from the Trotter Convention Center.

The victims questioned the suspects’ actions and then a physical altercation broke out.

50-year-old Detrich Jefferson was the victim left in serious condition.

His father, Larry Parker said Jefferson stayed in the hospital for four days due to his injuries and will need jaw reconstructive surgery.

” It was traumatizing because you don’t expect something like that to happen to you and your family and when it does it’s a new light,” Jefferson said.

According to Columbus Police Chief Joseph Daughtry, possible suspects have been identified but investigators are continuing to build their case.

” We are looking at four male suspects and two female suspects. We have identified possibly two of them … Sometimes when we are trying to develop leads sometimes we hold stuff in and it’s not that we are trying to keep it from the public, it’s just the fact that we have to work an investigation,” Daughtry said.

Mayor Keith Gaskin said this type of violence is unacceptable.

” I have major concerns about this particular incident because from what I’m hearing it sounds very horrific and completely uncalled for. There is never an excuse for someone to be treated in that manner,” Gaskin said.

He hopes that video surveillance will be a tool for law enforcement in the investigation.

” I’m hoping there will be some evidence on the cameras that we have out near the Trotter. We’ve been aggressive in the last couple of years in trying to get more cameras around the city,” Gaskin said.

Police say that no weapons were involved.

No arrests have been made at this time.
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