- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A grand jury has cleared a Harrison County sheriff’s deputy who shot a man in the leg during an exchange of gunfire.

Sheriff Troy Peterson tells local media that Deputy Charles Saucier shot James Epperson Jr. on June 26 in Pass Christian. Peterson says Saucier had pulled up to a neighboring home when the 38-year-old Epperson began shooting at him.

Saucier returned fire and Peterson says his shot hit Epperson in the leg. At least one shot from Epperson hit Saucier’s patrol vehicle.

The grand jury recently determined the deputy acted appropriately when he shot Epperson.

Epperson posted bond and was released from jail July 1 on a felony charge of aggravated assault against a police officer. The charge hasn’t yet been presented to a grand jury.

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