Black pastor shot and killed by a prison escapee

A Black pastor was shot and killed by a prison escapee whom the pastor unknowingly offered to help him after the stolen motorcycle he had been riding down near Interstate 53 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Anthony Watts, 61, head pastor of the St. Mary’s  Missionary Baptist Church in D’Lo, Mississippi, was killed by Dylan Arrington before stealing Watt’s red Dodge Ram 1500 Truck.  

Arrington was one of four men who escaped Raymond Detection Center. Based on a 600-bed capacity minimum-security facility located at 1447 County Farm Road, Raymond, Mississippi. The other men are still being sought.

Authorities hunted Wednesday for four inmates, including one suspected of killing a man and stealing his pickup truck, who escaped over the weekend from a Mississippi jail that has been under federal scrutiny.

Sheriff Randy Atkinson told WJTV-TV that the suspect in the killing, 22-year-old Dylan Arrington, is believed to be dead after he barricaded himself inside a burning home near Conway, Mississippi, Wednesday morning.

Arrington is one of four prisoners – along with Casey Grayson, Corey Harrison, and Jerry Raynes – who escaped Saturday night from the Raymond Detention Center, a facility near Jackson, through cell and roof breaches. 

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones said the men might have camped out on the roof before fleeing the facility and going their separate ways. 

Church member Vivan Ross told the station: “Reverend Watts was a person that loved everyone. He didn’t meet any stranger. He would help you, do anything he could for you. He just loved everyone, and we loved him.”

No escapes have been arrested.