- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) - The body of a Mississippi man was found Friday in an abandoned building, two days after his family reported him missing when he went to help a stranded motorist and failed to return home.

One man is charged in his death. Another who had been described as a person of interest was hospitalized after being shot by at least one sheriff’s deputy.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued an alert Wednesday for Stoney Dale Qualls, 47, who left his home in the Hinds County town of Raymond that morning to help a stranded motorist. Qualls called to say he was returning home but didn’t show up. Relatives said Qualls had a medical condition that could impair his judgment.

News outlets report investigators found Qualls’ burned pickup truck Thursday in Copiah County, just south of Hinds County. His body was found Friday in a Copiah County building.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department has charged Joseph Zattoni of Terry with capital murder. Zattoni was jailed, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he has an attorney.



On Thursday, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason had described Corey A. Harris, 30, or Richland, as a person of interest in the disappearance of Qualls. Mason said Qualls had given Harris a ride to the town of Byram, and that’s where Qualls called relatives to say he was returning home.

Harris was shot and wounded Thursday evening by at least one sheriff’s deputy in nearby Rankin County. Capt. Johnny Poulos, spokesman for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, said Friday that MBI is trying to find out what led to that shooting.

News outlets report the shooting happened while officers were searching for a wanted man. Sheriff Bryan Bailey said the man showed a weapon and would not obey deputies.

Harris was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

An autopsy will be done to determine how Qualls died, according to Maj. Pete Luke of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

Felicia Dorsey told the Clarion Ledger that she worked with Stoney Qualls at Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg for more than six years. She said he loved his wife and talked about his son and daughter all the time.

“He was very lovable. He liked to joke around,” Dorsey said. “He was an all-around good guy.”

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