(Revised) Mississippi Thirteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Matt Sullivan explained Tuesday morning that an investigation into the 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old Dominique Ann Henry of Jasper County, which was indicted Monday by a Jasper County Grand Jury, opened the door to another investigation that has led to indictments against two former Laurel Police Department officers.

Two Jasper County men have been arrested through those indictments handed down over the past days. One has been charged in the 2019 shooting death of Henry. Both have been charged in the 2018 alleged beating of James Barnett who fled from the former officers from the Laurel area into Jasper County.

Christopher Wade Robertson, 28, and Anthony Brice Gilbert, 27, were both taken into custody by the Jasper County Sheriff's Department before 10 a.m. this morning (Tuesday). Robertson has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Henry, as well as aggravated assault in the Barnett beating incident. Gilbert also has been charged with aggravated assault in the Barnett beating case.

Henry was killed on November 20, 2019 after allegedly banging on Robertson's residence door on Highway 528 early in the morning and stealing Robertson's wife's car. Robertson admitted to the shooting at the time, claiming self defense.

“I've been in contact with the victim's mother and have had several conversations with her on the phone. Our sympathy goes out to those affected,” Sullivan said. “We are doing what we feel is right, according to the law. It (the shooting) was an excessive reaction that was unnecessarily violent.”

Both Robertson and Gilbert were fired from the Laurel Police Department following the brutal assault of Barnett. Sullivan says his office's investigation into the alleged crime revealed unwarranted force by the officers.

“I know law enforcement deals with a lot of tough situations. They many times don't know who they are arresting, and those they are arresting don't know them. But, when force becomes unnecessary, that deserves an investigation,” Sullivan explained.

A Jasper County Second District Grand Jury handed down the indictment against Robertson in the Henry shooting death Monday. A Jasper County First District Grand Jury handed down the indictments against Robertson and Gilbert in the Barnett assault last Thursday.

Mississippi Thirteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Matt Sullivan explained Tuesday morning that an investigation into the 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old Dominique Ann Henry of Jasper County, which was indicted Monday by a Jasper County Grand Jury, opened the door to another investigation that has led to indictments against two former Laurel Police Department officers.

Two Jasper County men have been arrested through those indictments handed down over the past days. One has been charged in the 2019 shooting death of Henry. Both have been charged in the 2018 alleged beating of James Barnett who fled from the former officers from the Laurel area into Jasper County.

Christopher Wade Robertson, 28, and Anthony Brice Gilbert, 27, were both taken into custody by the Jasper County Sheriff's Department before 10 a.m. this morning (Tuesday). Robertson has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Henry, as well as aggravated assault in the Barnett beating incident. Gilbert also has been charged with aggravated assault in the Barnett beating case.

Henry was killed on November 20, 2019 after allegedly banging on Robertson's residence door on Highway 528 early in the morning and stealing Robertson's wife's car. Robertson admitted to the shooting at the time, claiming self defense.

“I've been in contact with the victim's mother and have had several conversations with her on the phone. Our sympathy goes out to those affected,” Sullivan said. “We are doing what we feel is right, according to the law. It (the shooting) was an excessive reaction that was unnecessarily violent.”

Both Robertson and Gilbert were fired from the Laurel Police Department following the brutal assault of Barnett. Sullivan says his office's investigation into the alleged crime revealed unwarranted force by the officers.

“I know law enforcement deals with a lot of tough situations. They many times don't know who they are arresting, and those they are arresting don't know them. But, when force becomes unnecessary, that deserves an investigation,” Sullivan explained.

A Jasper County Second District Grand Jury handed down the indictment against Robertson in the Henry shooting death Monday. A Jasper County First District Grand Jury handed down the indictments against Robertson and Gilbert in the Barnett assault last Thursday.

JCN will give updates as more information becomes available.

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