Horn Lake Police have charged four teenagers as adults in connection to a drug or gang-related homicide of a 25-year-old man found shot in a car late Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's fatality is the first reported homicide in Horn Lake in 2013, a town of 25,000.
The four Horn Lake teens, ages 15, 16, 17, and 18, are all being charged with capital murder in the death of 25-year-old Christopher Lee Lockett.
Horn Lake Police Chief Darryl Whaley charged Michael Wayne Delong, 18; Rodrick Darrel Gilliam, 17; James Gregory Banis, 16; and James Derrick Kirkwood, 15, with one count each of Capital Murder and Conspiracy to commit a crime felony.
Each teen is being held on $1.25 million bonds, Chief Whaley said.
The teens were identified and arrested around 6 a.m. in Walls after a lengthy 12-hour overnight manhunt by the DeSoto County Sheriff and Horn Lake and Walls police departments.
"Several of our uniformed patrol participated in the manhunt after Horn Lake requested assistance from surrounding agencies," said Sheriff Bill Rasco. "The request came with locations and some descriptions on vehicle or vehicles."
The man was found shot in the Twin Lakes subdivision of Horn Lake at the corner of Winterwood and Caroline around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Two of of the juvenile suspects charged with murder while the third and fourth juvenile two suspects are charged with conspiracy in the crime, Horn Lake Police Chief Darryl Whaley.
The discovery started out with a reporting of a suspicious car.
"They were reporting a suspicious vehicle, and when the officers got there, there was a male in the vehicle who was unresponsive," said Chief Whaley. "We later determined that he had been shot."
The unidentified male victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Neighbors told FOX13 News the fatal shooting took place in a driveway of the vacant house. The car was pushed into the street.
"It appeared that this was sort of a drug transaction that had gone awry," Chief Whaley said. "Our people worked all night.
The big break came when DeSoto County Sheriff's deputies and Walls Police officers stopped two suspects near Walls, some eight miles from the homicide. The two teen suspects told sheriff deputies of two other teen suspects who were possibly involved.
Sheriff Rasco said suspects involved in any crime "just cannot out-run a multi-agency dragnet working as a team."
"I am proud of our deputies and our team effort with Horn Lake Police Department and Walls Police Department in producing successful arrest," the sheriff said.
Witnesses described a car the suspects were in and a detective remembered working a case that had a similar type vehicle.
Detectives with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation processed cars in Walls that were part of the crime.
As for there being a gang or drug problem in Horn Lake, Chief Whaley said Walls is just like any other city.
"I think we are like everybody, we have start-ups that try," he said. "We definitely concentrate on them but the people who were involved in this one were not particularly known."
Additional arrests are possible. The case remains under investigation.