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Why Brookhaven, Mississippi’s Gregory Case, Brandon Case shot at FedEx driver D’Monterrio Gibson

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D’Monterrio Gibson, 24, of Utica, Mississippi, United States works as a FedEx driver. He is African American.

Gregory Charles Case, 58, and his son Brandon Case, 35, live in Brookhaven, Mississippi. They are white.

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At around 7:00 p.m. on January 24, 2022, Gibson was driving a Hertz Rental truck with a FedEx vehicle magnet on it and had just delivered a package in Brookhaven when he saw a white pickup driving toward him from a nearby residence. Later, a man standing in the middle of the street pointed a gun at Gibson’s windows and signaled the FedEx driver to stop.

Candice Welch, one of Gibson’s managers at FedEx, called him and he told her that his vehicle was being shot at repeatedly. The white pickup truck chased him all the way to Interstate 55 but he was able to make his way out of Brookhaven with no gunshot wound.

When Gibson and Welch fired a police report at the Brookhaven Police Department on January 25, 2022, the police chief allegedly tried to emphasize how “unracist” the town of Brookhaven was. According to Gibson, he was asked by a white police officer if he had been doing anything to make the suspects think he looked suspicious.

“I felt disrespected at that point because even if I did, they still can’t take the law into their own hand so I told him all I did was my job,” Gibson told Mississippi Free Press. “If they think that I was suspicious, that was on them. He was like, ‘Okay, I was just asking.'”

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Another police officer drove Gibson back to the scene of the alleged shooting to look for bullet holes. The officer said the driver of the white pickup truck was Gregory and the man who pointed a gun at Gibson was Brandon.  

On February 1, 2022, Gregory and Brandon turned themselves in at the Brookhaven Police Department station along with their attorneys. The father was charged with conspiracy while the son was charged with aggravated assault.

Gregory and Bandon were booked into the Lincoln County Jail in Brookhaven on February 2, 2022, they posted $75,000 and $150,000 bonds, respectively. They have yet to publicly explain why they shot at Gibson on January 24, 2022.

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“Brookhaven is not a racist, prejudiced town,” The Daily Leader quoted Brookhaven Police Department chief Kenneth Collins as saying. “You can’t judge a town by the actions of two individuals.”

On February 12, 2022, organizations including Black Lives Matter, The Black Panthers, the National Association of for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Poor Peoples Campaign gathered at B-Centennial Park in Brookhaven in protest to demand that Collins resign. The groups requested that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation take over the case.

The case reminded Americans of the death of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, a black man from Brunswick, Georgia, USA. While jogging in Brunswick on February 23, 2020, he was chased by Gregory McMichael, 65, and his son Travis McMichael, 35, who were in a white pickup truck.

Gregory and Travis are white. The son fatally shot Arbery.

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